How long does a DUI charge remain on my record? 52 Answers as of May 30, 2013

Will a DUI charge remain on my record forever? Is there any way for a DUI charge to get removed?

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Cornish, Crowley, Rockafellow, & Sartz, PLLC
Cornish, Crowley, Rockafellow, & Sartz, PLLC | Jacob Peter Sartz IV
If you need specific legal advice for your particular circumstances, I encourage you to privately consult with a lawyer. If you are charged with an offense and cannot afford to pay for your own defense, the court may appoint you an attorney payable at the public's expense. You have a right to counsel. An OUI will stay on your record for a very long time. Unless you can go back somehow and undo the original conviction because the conviction itself was not valid, the current mechanisms to set-aside prior convictions because of rehabilitation and good behavior do not apply to traffic convictions.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 7/20/2012
Law Office of Peter F. Goldscheider
Law Office of Peter F. Goldscheider | Peter Goldscheider
10 years. You can make a motion in the court for an expungment which would allow you to say that you were not convicted but it would not affect it being on your DMV record.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 7/20/2012
The Short Law Group, P.C.
The Short Law Group, P.C. | Shawn Kollie
An Oregon DUI conviction is permanently on your criminal record. At this time a DUI is not an expungeable offense as it is classified as a 'traffic crime'. Contact a DUI Lawyer with any additional questions.
Answer Applies to: Oregon
Replied: 4/20/2012
Craig W. Elhart, P.C.
Craig W. Elhart, P.C. | Craig Elhart
Under Michigan law, you are stuck with a DUI on your record for life.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 4/10/2012
The Jordan Law Firm
The Jordan Law Firm | John Paul Jordan
After probation you can see to have a charge expunged from your record. Until you do this the charge will remain on your record.
Answer Applies to: Oklahoma
Replied: 4/10/2012
    Law Office of Phillip Weiser
    Law Office of Phillip Weiser | Phillip L. Weiser
    Under current Kansas law, all DUI convictions remain forever, they are not eligible for expungement.
    Answer Applies to: Kansas
    Replied: 4/9/2012
    Law Office of Michael R. Garber
    Law Office of Michael R. Garber | Michael R. Garber
    It will remain on your record forever unless you get it expunged. It can only be used as predicate offense if you have another dwi within 10 years.
    Answer Applies to: Louisiana
    Replied: 4/9/2012
    Law Office of Brian K. Wanerman
    Law Office of Brian K. Wanerman | Brian K. Wanerman
    A DUI conviction remains on your record forever. It does not automatically go away after a certain period of time. Depending on the circumstances, you might be able to expunge the conviction. You should consult an attorney for advice if you want to do this.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 4/9/2012
    Law Office of Richard Williams
    Law Office of Richard Williams | Richard Williams
    A conviction for DUI is a permanent record. There has been an expungement bill pending, in the past, in the Alabama legislature but it is yet to pass. If it were to pass it may provide a means of expunging a DUI conviction in the future.
    Answer Applies to: Alabama
    Replied: 4/9/2012
    Cody W. Gibson, Attorney at Law, PLLC
    Cody W. Gibson, Attorney at Law, PLLC | Cody W. Gibson
    A DUI charge cannot be taken off your record, it can never be expunged.
    Answer Applies to: Mississippi
    Replied: 4/9/2012
    Freeborn Law Offices, P.S.
    Freeborn Law Offices, P.S. | Steve Freeborn
    Yes, it will remain on your record indefinitely. The reason for this is that subsequent DUI convictions carry with them increasingly severe penalties. If the DUI conviction were to be removed from your record, anbd thereafter, you got another DUI, how would the court know whether or not it was your 1st, 2nd, or whatever. They couldn't; hence it is not capable of being removed.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 4/9/2012
    Law Offices of James A Bates
    Law Offices of James A Bates | James A Bates
    A dui must remain on your record for at least ten years so prosecution can use it as a prior if you pick up a new dui case within that time.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 4/6/2012
    Law Office of Brendan M. Kelly
    Law Office of Brendan M. Kelly | Brendan M. Kelly
    The charge will affect your license for 15 years under our current law. You can get the charge expunged in limited cases and set aside in most cases.
    Answer Applies to: Nebraska
    Replied: 4/6/2012
    Hynum Law Office, LLC
    Hynum Law Office, LLC | G. Wayne Hynum
    In Mississippi a DUI conviction is on your record for 5 years. The fact that you were charged with DUI can be expunged from your record if you are found not guilty. You cannot expunge a DUI conviction.
    Answer Applies to: Mississippi
    Replied: 4/6/2012
    Law Office of Eric Sterkenburg
    Law Office of Eric Sterkenburg | Eric Sterkenburg
    A DUI will remain on your recorded for ten years when you are talking about being used to make the next one the second one or third on. A misdemeanor DUI may be expunged, consult with an attorney on how this can be done.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 4/6/2012
    Glass Defense Firm
    Glass Defense Firm | Jason M. Glass
    A DUI will stay on your record for the rest of your life, although it can only be used for enhancement purposes for 10 years in WV. There is no way, outside of the DUI deferral program for a true first offense under .15, to get a DUI expunged.
    Answer Applies to: West Virginia
    Replied: 4/6/2012
    Larry K. Dunn & Associates | Larry K. Dunn
    A misdemeanor dui charge/conviction remains on your record permanently unless you take legal action to have it removed. It cannot be removed for 7 years because the prior conviction can be used for 7 years to enhance another dui conviction to a second or third offense which carry more severe penalties.
    Answer Applies to: Nevada
    Replied: 4/6/2012
    Law Offices of John Carney
    Law Offices of John Carney | John Carney
    You will have any criminal conviction on your record for life and it cannot be removed in New York State. You will have a problem getting a good job but you can start your own business and make a good living by starting a home run business or small business with a few employees.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 4/6/2012
    Law & Mediation Office of Jeffrey L. Pollock, Esq.
    Law & Mediation Office of Jeffrey L. Pollock, Esq. | Jeffrey Lawrence Pollock
    Forever unless it is expunged as part of ARD.
    Answer Applies to: Pennsylvania
    Replied: 4/6/2012
    Law Office of Joe Dane
    Law Office of Joe Dane | Joe Dane
    It will remain on your criminal history indefinitely, even if you apply for an "expungement". An "expungement" is actually a dismissal under Penal Code section 1203.4, but it doesn't erase it from your record - it just adds a notation that the case was subsequently dismissed. It will remain on your DMV record for 10 years and the 1203.4 dismissal will have no effect on your DMV record.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 4/6/2012
    Michael Breczinski
    Michael Breczinski | Michael Breczinski
    A DUI conviction remains on your record forever and there is no way of getting it removed. A charge is what it is called BEFORE a conviction. If accquited then there is not conviction.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 4/6/2012
    San Diego DUI Law Center
    San Diego DUI Law Center | Rick Mueller
    Forever with DMV. 10 years for enhancement.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 4/6/2012
    Gregory Casale Attorney at Law
    Gregory Casale Attorney at Law | Gregory Casale
    Unless something changes, an OUI will stay on your record for life. Under current law, it cannot be removed. This only one of the reasons it is so important to have excellent legal representation for an OUI (or any criminal offense). There are no do overs on criminal law. You get one chance to get it right.
    Answer Applies to: Massachusetts
    Replied: 4/6/2012
    Nelson & Lawless
    Nelson & Lawless | Terry Nelson
    Forever. No. If you have already been convicted: While the general rule is Records are forever, some CA convictions can be 'expunged' from criminal records by proper application and Petition to the court, but ONLY IF there was no felony prison time sentenced whether served or not, and if it was not for certain listed sexual crimes, and if all terms of sentencing and at least one year of probation are completed, and if there are no new charges pending. Sounds like yours may qualify. If successful, the conviction would be withdrawn and the charges dismissed. Expungement does NOT clear, 'remove' or erase the conviction, but does change the record to show 'conviction reversed and dismissed by expungement'. It doesn't disappear. The conviction is still a 'prior' or 'strike' for purposes of repeat offense. It still shows on your record that is accessible to government agencies, law enforcement and the courts, such as through LiveScan. Expungement will help in obtaining and keeping employment. When applying for a job in the private sector, in response to any question concerning your prior criminal record, you may deny that you were arrested or convicted of the offense. If you haven't yet been convicted, then fight the charges.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 4/6/2012
    Law Offices of Matthew Murillo
    Law Offices of Matthew Murillo | Matthew Murillo
    The long term effects of a DUI are what most don't consider when they simply go to court and accept a guilty plea. A DUI conviction will remain on your driving record forever. It will never be removed. However, a conviction can only be treated as a prior offense for 10 years after the date of conviction.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 4/6/2012
    Klisz Law Office, PLLC
    Klisz Law Office, PLLC | Timothy J. Klisz
    It is forever. Under current Michigan law, that is the case.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 4/6/2012
    Law Office of Gregory Crain | Gregory Crain
    That would be 5 years.
    Answer Applies to: Arkansas
    Replied: 5/30/2013
    Cynthia Henley, Lawyer
    Cynthia Henley, Lawyer | Cynthia Henley
    If you are convicted, it remains on your record permanently. If it is dismissed or you get a not guilty then you will have to expunge the record or the charge will remain on your record.
    Answer Applies to: Texas
    Replied: 4/6/2012
    VANJOHNSON LAW FIRM, LLC
    VANJOHNSON LAW FIRM, LLC | Anthony Overton Van Johnson
    As pertains to your criminal history, the DUI will remain on your record indefinitely unless it is expunged.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 4/6/2012
    H. Scott Basham, Attorney at Law, P.C. | H. Scott Basham
    Were you actually convicted of DUI, or merely charged? A conviction is very hard to expunge. A mere arrest may appear on your permanent record, but it is not proof of guilt.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 4/6/2012
    Law Office of Richard Southard
    Law Office of Richard Southard | Richard C Southard
    Yes. Any criminal record in New York is permanent. Unlike some other states, New York does not allow for sealing or expungement of criminal records.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 4/6/2012
    LynchLaw
    LynchLaw | Michael Thomas Lynch
    A conviction for DUI currently counts as a prior offense if the conviction occurred in the last ten years. While you can expunge a DUI conviction as soon as the probation period has run, usually three years, the conviction will still count as a prior for the full ten years regardless.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 4/6/2012
    Betts Legal Services
    Betts Legal Services | Shawn M. Betts
    DWI's remain on a person's record permanently, and cannot be removed or expunged.
    Answer Applies to: Minnesota
    Replied: 4/5/2012
    Pingelton Law Firm | Dan Pingelton
    After 10 years, you can file an action to have it expunged.
    Answer Applies to: Missouri
    Replied: 4/5/2012
    Meadows & Howell, LLC
    Meadows & Howell, LLC | Brad Howell
    There are several ways that a DUI charge can be removed from your record, but it is easiest to do so by entering into a court referral program when attending your initial hearing for the charge. You may want to speak to an attorney about whether you qualify for such a program. Alternatively, if the charge has been on your record for some time, you may be able to expunge that charge from your record. Qualifying for an expungement is something that would need to be discussed with an attorney, as not all charges can be expunged.
    Answer Applies to: Alabama
    Replied: 4/6/2012
    Culp , Doran , Seidlin & Genest | Michael Culp
    In the State of Iowa it will stay on your record forever unless you receive a deferred judgment.
    Answer Applies to: Iowa
    Replied: 4/5/2012
    The Law Office of Scott M. Aaronson, PLLC | Scott Aaronson
    A DUI will remain on your record for the rest of your life. Current Expungement statute doesn't allow for the removal of traffic offenses (including DUIs). This is another reason you need a good attorney to assist you from the beginning.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 4/5/2012
    The Law Offices of Harold L. Wallin | Harold L. Wallin
    The only way to remove an IL DUI off your record is if you have won the case. Then you can petition to have the arrest expunged. Otherwise it will remain on your record permanently.
    Answer Applies to: Illinois
    Replied: 4/5/2012
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