How long do DUI stay on your record? 49 Answers as of June 20, 2013

I would like to know if it can be removed or is it always on there.

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Law Office of Phillip Weiser
Law Office of Phillip Weiser | Phillip L. Weiser
Kansas law allows a DUI to remain permanently on a record, no expungements are permitted. I do not know how Arizona law deals with a DUI conviction.
Answer Applies to: Kansas
Replied: 2/10/2012
Reeves Law Firm, P.C.
Reeves Law Firm, P.C. | Roy L. Reeves
If you were put on deferred adjudication, you can have it ordered non-disclosed (similar to sealing a juvenile record) and if you were a juvenile at the time, you can have it sealed. Otherwise, it stays on your permanent criminal record.
Answer Applies to: Texas
Replied: 2/8/2012
Charles M. Schiff, Attorney at Law
Charles M. Schiff, Attorney at Law | Charles M. Schiff
A DUI conviction does not leave your record. It's effects, however, will differ over time. A conviction is used to "enhance" a current charge if the conviction occurred within ten years of the current charge. Insurance companies use a conviction for a certain number of years to compute your premium. A potential employer may have yet another policy relative to employment. The Department of Public Safety may be willing to take a conviction off a "publicly available" record but not before at least 15 years have elapsed since the conviction.
Answer Applies to: Minnesota
Replied: 2/6/2012
Law Office of Richard Williams
Law Office of Richard Williams | Richard Williams
A DUI will stay on your record forever.
Answer Applies to: Alabama
Replied: 2/6/2012
Theodore W. Robinson, P.C.
Theodore W. Robinson, P.C. | Theodore W. Robinson
Normally, in NY state, a DWI stays on your criminal record indefinitely. However, it does not count towards being considered a "prior" DWI after five years under normal circumstances. That number can be tolled if you were in jail during that period, but that's unusual.
Answer Applies to: New York
Replied: 2/6/2012
    Cornish, Crowley, Rockafellow, & Sartz, PLLC
    Cornish, Crowley, Rockafellow, & Sartz, PLLC | Jacob Peter Sartz IV
    Currently, in Michigan, traffic offenses cannot be expunged. Unless the judge is persuaded, post conviction, to set-aside the conviction, OUI's stay on a person's record for a very long time.?
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 2/6/2012
    Law Office of Eric Sterkenburg
    Law Office of Eric Sterkenburg | Eric Sterkenburg
    A DUI will stay on your record as a prior DUI for ten years. You can have a DUI expunged after you have completed all of your probation requirements. This will help in private sector searches but it will be there for government searches.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 2/6/2012
    Law Office of Thomas F. Mueller
    Law Office of Thomas F. Mueller | Thomas Mueller
    There are two records that are important. A DUI will stay on your DMV record for ten years after the date of arrest. It will stay on your criminal record forever unless you are able to do something extraordinary, like withdraw the plea or obtain a finding of factual innocence. Those are hard to get and expensive. I recommend not attempting them. You can get the conviction expunged after completion of probation. However that does not erase the record.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 2/6/2012
    Edward  D. Dowling IV Attorney at Law
    Edward D. Dowling IV Attorney at Law | Edward D. Dowling IV
    It is always there unless you get it expunged.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 2/6/2012
    McClendon Owens Melia McBreen LLP
    McClendon Owens Melia McBreen LLP | Richard L. McBreen III
    I can't say for certain whether this is true for Arizona, but in Oregon, a DUII conviction is not removable from one's record. In fact, even if you get your DUI charge dismissed either through diversion or prevailing at trial, you will likely still have a blemish on your driving record that shows a suspension due to a breath test failure. Arizona may be different, so it would be smart to speak to an attorney in your area about the charges you may be facing.
    Answer Applies to: Oregon
    Replied: 2/6/2012
    Attorney & Counselor at Law
    Attorney & Counselor at Law | John Hugger
    In Colorado the DUI conviction is always there for law enforcement and judicial purposes, however, for insurance and general public purposes it only shows up for 7 years.
    Answer Applies to: Colorado
    Replied: 2/6/2012
    Thomas J. Tomko Attorney At law
    Thomas J. Tomko Attorney At law | Thomas J. Tomko
    A DUI Conviction is always there. Points on your record drop off after 2 years I hope that this was helpful.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 2/6/2012
    Burdon and Merlitti
    Burdon and Merlitti | Adam Van Ho
    It depends on individual state laws. Each state is different, but as more and more states make subsequent DUIs enhanceable, the ability to seal a DUI is evaporating. You should consult with an attorney in your area to determine if you can expunge your DUI.
    Answer Applies to: Ohio
    Replied: 2/6/2012
    Ayodele M. Ojo & Associates
    Ayodele M. Ojo & Associates | Ayodele Mayowa Ojo
    That would be 10 years.
    Answer Applies to: Minnesota
    Replied: 5/30/2013
    Jon M. Martinez Criminal Law Group | Jon M. Martinez
    A DUI will stay on your record forever if you do not have it removed. For the purpose of additional punishment, a DUI stays on your record for 7 years. What I mean by that is if you get a second DUI in a 7 year span, the mandatory punishment increases greatly. It is possible, however, to have a DUI removed from your record. It is similar to an expungement, but it is called a Motion to Set Aside Judgment of Guilt. You can hire an attorney to have this removed from your record and it would be removed for all purposes except if you received another DUI in that 7 year span. Even if it is removed and you are found guilty of another DUI, you will be punished the same as if the conviction was not removed. You will quickly find a number of benefits from having your judgment set aside by an attorney. This includes things such as a lower car insurance payment, the lack of the stigma that comes with a DUI conviction, and you can even tell potential employers that you have never been convicted of any crime once your judgment is set aside.
    Answer Applies to: Arizona
    Replied: 2/6/2012
    Law Office of Brian K. Wanerman
    Law Office of Brian K. Wanerman | Brian K. Wanerman
    Any criminal conviction does not automatically go away. Unless you do something, it will remain on your record forever. Depending on the conviction and the circumstances, you may eventually be able to get it expunged.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 2/6/2012
    Mark Thiessen, Attorney at Law
    Mark Thiessen, Attorney at Law | Mark Thiessen
    A conviction stays on forever. But if you get it dismissed or completed Deferred Adjudication then it can be erased.
    Answer Applies to: Texas
    Replied: 2/6/2012
    Ipson Law Firm, PLLC
    Ipson Law Firm, PLLC | Michael Ipson
    A DUI will stay on your record until it is expunged. Depending on what level of DUI it was, misdemeanor or felony, will determine how long you have to wait in order to apply for expungment. Also relevant is the number of crimes you have committed. I would check with an AZ defense attorney to see if you will be able to expunge this from your record and when you can do it. Good Luck!
    Answer Applies to: Utah
    Replied: 2/6/2012
    Brucar & Yetter, P.C.
    Brucar & Yetter, P.C. | Wayne Brucar
    It is always there. Please understand that answering this doesn't create an attorney/client relationship between us, and as hard as I try to answer your question well, it isn't legal advice. No matter how much information you put into a question, the answers you are going to get are still going to be vague. It is in your interest to contact a lawyer, most of whom will do a free consultation. Even 15 minutes with a lawyer is going to produce a more specific answer to your problem.
    Answer Applies to: Illinois
    Replied: 2/6/2012
    Law Firm of Martin & Wallentine
    Law Firm of Martin & Wallentine | Jerry Lee Wallentine Jr.
    It depends on the state, as DUI is currently state law. However, the Feds are trying to make it federal law. In Kansas, a DUI stay on your criminal record forever unless you expunge it. It is expungeable 10 years after you complete you sentence disposition. Also, for sentencing purposes in Kansas, the "look back" is 10 years.
    Answer Applies to: Kansas
    Replied: 2/6/2012
    Lawrence Lewis
    Lawrence Lewis | Lawrence Lewis, PC
    Once you are convicted it is always there. Make sure you get the right attorney.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 2/6/2012
    Law Office of Peter F. Goldscheider
    Law Office of Peter F. Goldscheider | Peter Goldscheider
    It can be used as a prior conviction for 10 years to enhance a sentence of affect license suspension periods. After that the priors are still available for viewing by law enforcement and the courts. The priors never drop off your record entirely or can be removed. There is a court expungement process available as there is for any conviction.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 2/6/2012
    Raiser & Kenniff, PC
    Raiser & Kenniff, PC | Steve Raiser
    In New York it always stays on your record.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 2/6/2012
    Kelly A. Broadbent, Esq.
    Kelly A. Broadbent, Esq. | Kelly Broadbent
    A conviction of an oui stays on your record permanently. It may be possible to apply to have the charges sealed by either the court or the board of probation. If this occurs, the charge is still accessible to law enforcement. A subsequent offense would be charged as such.
    Answer Applies to: Massachusetts
    Replied: 2/3/2012
    Law Office of Jeff Yeh
    Law Office of Jeff Yeh | Jeff Yeh
    Unless you expunge it, it stays on your record forever, but is only priorable for 10 years. Contact an attorney about expungement. It is well worth it.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 2/3/2012
    Timothy J. Thill P.C.
    Timothy J. Thill P.C. | Timothy J. Thill
    This offense will always be on your record, if it was an Illinois case.? I am not certain if other states keep a DUi on your permanent record, but know for a fact that it will remain on your record unless 1.) you filed a motion to rescind the statutory summary suspension, and were successful in having it rescinded,?and 2.) you beat the DUI case itself, either by having the prosecution dismiss it prior to trial or were found not guilty after a trial.? In all other cases, even if you got supervision on the case, it will remain on your record and cannot be expunged nor sealed.
    Answer Applies to: Illinois
    Replied: 2/3/2012
    DeVito & Visconti, PA
    DeVito & Visconti, PA | John E DeVito
    A criminal record in Massachusetts for an adult is permanent. The charges remain on the record forever and are available to the public. There is a process to seal a record. Sealing will remove the entry from the record; the public will not be able to access it. An OUI case can be sealed administratively after 10 years. Effective May of 2012, it can be sealed 5 years from the termination of probation or incarceration, which ever comes last.
    Answer Applies to: Massachusetts
    Replied: 2/3/2012
    The Law Offices of Christopher J. McCann
    The Law Offices of Christopher J. McCann | Christopher J. McCann
    You can get a conviction expunged (i.e. "dismissed") once your are off probation, which usually lasts 3 years for most, though can be as long as 5 years. However, even if it is expunged/dismissed, the DA and the DMV can still use it as a "prior conviction" for 10 years. Don't be surprised if in the next 10 years the changes and these priors will be for one's "lifetime". It has already happened in some states.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 2/3/2012
    Law Office of Jared Altman
    Law Office of Jared Altman | Jared Altman
    It stays there forever.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 2/3/2012
    Law Offices of John Carney
    Law Offices of John Carney | John Carney
    There is no expungement statute in New York State. Any criminal record that is a misdemeanor, violation, or felony will never br removed and any arrest will show up on the NYSID computer. You can retain an attorney to make a 440.10 motion to vacate any conviction if it was illegal or improper in some way, but that is rarely the case. New York State wants employers, schools, organizations, and prosecutors to know what people have been convicted of no matter how long ago before they decide to associate with that person. They also want the police and prosecutors to know what a person's record is to solve crimes and determine appropriate sentences.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 2/3/2012
    Law Office of Rankin Johnson IV, LLC
    Law Office of Rankin Johnson IV, LLC | Rankin Johnson IV
    It's there always. Traffic offenses are not eligible for expungement.
    Answer Applies to: Oregon
    Replied: 2/3/2012
    Connell-Savela
    Connell-Savela | Jason Savela
    In Colorado it cannot be removed from record but it is up to the state where conviction entered
    Answer Applies to: Colorado
    Replied: 2/3/2012
    Law Office of Michael Bialys THE DUI MAN
    Law Office of Michael Bialys THE DUI MAN | Michael Bialys
    They are usually expungeable after probation is over.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 2/21/2012
    Dennis Roberts, a P.C.
    Dennis Roberts, a P.C. | Dennis Roberts
    It will be there long after you are dead and buried. It CANNOT be removed (as opposed to other crimes in CA). Also if you pick up another one in ten (used to be seven) years you will have a prior DUI to make the new one a second.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 2/3/2012
    Robert Mortland
    Robert Mortland | Law Office of Robert Mortland
    In California, a DUI is priorable for 10 years but you are eligible for expungement pursuant to 1203.4 after termination of probation.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 2/3/2012
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