How long does a DUI remain on your record? 61 Answers as of June 26, 2013

How long do DUIs and driving on a suspended license remain on your criminal record? If it's been over 15 years since any issues have occurred would they be automatically removed after a certain time, or can I have them removed somehow? I'm applying for a job and would rather not have to explain all that since it is no longer an issue, and hasn't been for quite some time now.

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Lowenstein Law Office
Lowenstein Law Office | Anthony Lowenstein
It depends on several factors.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 8/4/2011
Michael Breczinski
Michael Breczinski | Michael Breczinski
They stay on your record forever. The points behind traffic offenses eventually go away but not the criminal conviction.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 7/29/2011
Thomas J. Tomko Attorney At law
Thomas J. Tomko Attorney At law | Thomas J. Tomko
A DUI conviction as you described is not removable from your record in Michigan.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 7/29/2011
The Law Office of B. Elaine Jones
The Law Office of B. Elaine Jones | B. Elaine Jones
The only way it goes off your criminal record is if the Judge withheld adjudication and you went back and had it sealed and or expunged. However, in the State of Florida, the MADD (mothers against drunk drivers) is big and they have managed to get laws passed where the Judges do not withhold adjudication of DUI charges. As far as your driving record, I believe it stays on there for life but you should check with the department of motor vehicles to find out for sure. You can go and have them print out a copy of your driving record for life and find out. Good Luck
Answer Applies to: Florida
Replied: 7/29/2011
Law Office of Richard Williams
Law Office of Richard Williams | Richard Williams
All convictions in Alabama stay on your record forever.
Answer Applies to: Alabama
Replied: 7/29/2011
    Law Office of Thomas F. Mueller
    Law Office of Thomas F. Mueller | Thomas Mueller
    DUIs come off your DMV record after 10 years, but never off your criminal record. You can get them expunged but they still are there.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 7/28/2011
    Law Office of Eric Sterkenburg
    Law Office of Eric Sterkenburg | Eric Sterkenburg
    That will remain on your record until you have it expunged.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 7/28/2011
    Edward  D. Dowling IV Attorney at Law
    Edward D. Dowling IV Attorney at Law | Edward D. Dowling IV
    Unlike driving record, criminal record items remain on your record unless and until you get them expunged. You should hire an attorney to try to expunge it.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 7/28/2011
    The Law Office of Cindy Barton
    The Law Office of Cindy Barton | Cindy Barton
    You need to understand the difference between your driving record and your criminal record.Your driving record clears itself with the statutory times for DUI (10 years).Your criminal history doesn't ever clear itself.If you wish that removed, you must apply for expungement of your record.A request form can be obtained on the Utah State government website.
    Answer Applies to: Utah
    Replied: 7/28/2011
    Brucar & Yetter, P.C.
    Brucar & Yetter, P.C. | Wayne Brucar
    Permanently. Any violation on your driving record cannot be removed. Even if the governor grants you a pardon making the matters expugnable, the Secretary of State can and will refuse to remove them from your driving record.
    Answer Applies to: Illinois
    Replied: 7/28/2011
    Jules N. Fiani, Attorney at Law
    Jules N. Fiani, Attorney at Law | Jules Fiani
    Lifetime for enchancement purposes. 2 years with regards to driving points.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 7/28/2011
    Smith & John
    Smith & John | Kenneth Craig Smith, Jr.
    It will remain on your criminal record forever unless it is expunged.
    Answer Applies to: Louisiana
    Replied: 7/28/2011
    Craig W. Elhart, P.C.
    Craig W. Elhart, P.C. | Craig Elhart
    They will remain on your record forever. Since there are 2 charges, and assuming they were at different times, you are not eligible for expungement.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 7/28/2011
    The Law Offices of Jason Pollack, Esq.
    The Law Offices of Jason Pollack, Esq. | Jason Pollack
    In the State of New Jersey, DUI's are considered a moving violation not a criminal offense. Therefore, they are on your record your whole life and cannot be expunged like criminal charges can.
    Answer Applies to: New Jersey
    Replied: 7/28/2011
    Law Office of Jeff Yeh
    Law Office of Jeff Yeh | Jeff Yeh
    They will stay on your record forever, unless you petition the court for expungement. Contact an attorney regarding such a petition.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 7/28/2011
    Cynthia Henley, Lawyer
    Cynthia Henley, Lawyer | Cynthia Henley
    A DWI remains on your record indefinitely if you were convicted or received probation. If the case was dismissed, it will remain on your record until you expunge it. A conviction for driving with your license suspended remains on your record indefinitely. If it was dismissed, it will remain on your record until you expunge it. If you received deferred adjudication probation and successfully completed that probation, then you can petition the court in whch the case was prosecuted to seal your record.
    Answer Applies to: Texas
    Replied: 7/28/2011
    Eric M. Mark, Attorney at Law
    Eric M. Mark, Attorney at Law | Eric Mark
    They are never removed from you driving record.
    Answer Applies to: New Jersey
    Replied: 7/28/2011
    Law Offices of Jeffery A. Cojocar, PC
    Law Offices of Jeffery A. Cojocar, PC | Jeffery A. Cojocar
    Forever, they never go away.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 6/26/2013
    Law Office of Phillip Weiser
    Law Office of Phillip Weiser | Phillip L. Weiser
    Current Kansas law does not permit expungement of a DUI, so it stays on your record for life. The DWS will be expungeable after 3 years.
    Answer Applies to: Kansas
    Replied: 7/28/2011
    Frances R. Johnson
    Frances R. Johnson | Frances R. Johnson
    Were you a juvenile or adult when you received the (presumably) adjudication/conviction? It makes a difference. As an adult, your DUI cannot be sealed (if it's a conviction). Nothing goes automatically off your record even when the offense is eligible; you need to petition the appropriate court for it to be sealed.
    Answer Applies to: Colorado
    Replied: 7/28/2011
    Law Offices of Martina A. Vigil, PC
    Law Offices of Martina A. Vigil, PC | Martina A. Vigil
    DUIs stay on your driving record for a period of 10 years. However, the criminal conviction still remains. If you want to tell your employer that you have never been convicted of a crime, the best way to do this is to file an expungement.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 7/28/2011
    Law Office of Jared Altman
    Law Office of Jared Altman | Jared Altman
    It stays on your record forever. There is no way to get it removed.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 7/28/2011
    Michael Maltby, Attorney at Law
    Michael Maltby, Attorney at Law | Michael Maltby
    Current law does not allow you to get a DUI off your criminal record. You may be able to get the driving while suspended off you record if you meet the criteria in RCW 9.96.060.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 7/28/2011
    Klisz Law Office, PLLC
    Klisz Law Office, PLLC | Timothy J. Klisz
    They are on your record for life. They cannot be expunged under current Michigan law.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 7/27/2011
    Law Office of Cotter C. Conway
    Law Office of Cotter C. Conway | Cotter C. Conway
    In Nevada, a misdemeanor DUI conviction must stay on your criminal record for a minimum of 7 years after completion of the imposed sentence. But it is not automatically removed from your criminal record. You must petition the court in which you were convicted to seal the record of conviction. Only then will you be able to tell potential employers that you have no criminal record.
    Answer Applies to: Nevada
    Replied: 7/27/2011
    Law Office of Brendan M. Kelly
    Law Office of Brendan M. Kelly | Brendan M. Kelly
    I DUI will remain on your record for life. It will impact your license for 12 years, next year it will go up to 15 years.
    Answer Applies to: Nebraska
    Replied: 7/27/2011
    Law Offices of James A Bates
    Law Offices of James A Bates | James A Bates
    They have to stay on your record for 10 years for priorability purposes. Yours should have been taken off the record by now.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 7/27/2011
    Law Office of Peter F. Goldscheider
    Law Office of Peter F. Goldscheider | Peter Goldscheider
    Dui's are priorable for 10 years so appear for at least that long on your DMV record. After that they are still accessible to law enforcement and court indefinitely from your state criminal rap sheet. As to 14601's there is no fast rule to my knowledge at to the DMV and may or may not appear on your automated criminal history.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 7/27/2011
    Miller & Harrison, LLC
    Miller & Harrison, LLC | David Harrison
    DUI convictions and DMV results cannot be removed from your record and they remain on those records forever.
    Answer Applies to: Colorado
    Replied: 7/27/2011
    Law Office of Tim W. Avery
    Law Office of Tim W. Avery | Tim W. Avery
    If the DUI and DWLS resulted in final convictions, they will remain on your criminal history record permanently and cannot be removed. Although they may not appear on your driving record, they do remain on your criminal history record.
    Answer Applies to: Texas
    Replied: 7/28/2011
    Boske Law Offices
    Boske Law Offices | Michael A Boske
    Unfortunately, an DUI stays on your record forever, and cannot be removed.
    Answer Applies to: Ohio
    Replied: 7/27/2011
    Law Office of Robert L Keates, PLLC
    Law Office of Robert L Keates, PLLC | Robert Keates
    If the offenses were convictions, they will remain on your permanent record. If the DWLI was a Class C, then it may drop off after several years.
    Answer Applies to: Texas
    Replied: 7/27/2011
    The Law Firm of David Jolly
    The Law Firm of David Jolly | David Jolly
    In Washington State a DUI conviction stays on your criminal record for the rest of your life. If you are ever asked in a job interview if you have been convicted of DUI, the answer, regrettably would be yes. However, considering it was 15 years ago the hope is that it will have no affect and further, you might be given credit for your honesty.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 7/28/2011
    The Grundy Law Firm, PLLC
    The Grundy Law Firm, PLLC | Elvin Grundy
    A DUI conviction, no matter how old, does not just automatically expunge itself from your record. However, the Arizona Legislature has provided a pathway for individuals looking to vacate misdemeanor and felony convictions from their record and even seal them from the public. This office provides reasonable rates and flexible payment plans to help you restore your name and get you on track to get that job, loan, or business opportunity you've always dreamed of.
    Answer Applies to: Arizona
    Replied: 7/28/2011
    Law Offices of Matthew Murillo
    Law Offices of Matthew Murillo | Matthew Murillo
    It never gets "removed" from your record. However, you may be eligible to expunge the conviction so that you can legally claim you have not been convicted (for most job applications). With that said, if it is 15 years old, it cannot be used against you as a prior if you do get arrested for DUI again. Keep in mind, even if you get it expunged, it will still not be removed from your record. There will simply be a note added on that indicates it has been expunged. In California, nothing is ever actually removed.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 7/27/2011
    Nelson & Lawless
    Nelson & Lawless | Terry Nelson
    Forever, just like any other criminal conviction. A DUI counts as a prior for 10 years, for enhancement of penalty in a subsequent charge. However, you can consider getting conviction[s] expunged; which would help in obtaining and keeping employment. Many 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 and Domestic Violence crimes, and if all terms of sentencing and at least one year of probation are completed, and if there are no new charges pending. If successful, the conviction would be withdrawn and the charges dismissed. Expungement does not clear, 'remove' or erase the conviction, but merely changes the record to show 'conviction reversed and dismissed by expungement'. When applying for a job in the private sector, you generally do not have to disclose a conviction if it was expunged. However, the conviction is still a 'prior' or 'strike' for purposes of repeat offense, and must be disclosed on any application for government and professional employment and licensing, bonding, security clearance, etc. The licensing agency and employer then can decide whether you are barred from licensing or employment because of the conviction. If youre serious about doing this, and you think you qualify under those rules, feel free to contact me for the legal help you'll need.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 7/28/2011
    Law Office of Rodney Nosratabadi
    Law Office of Rodney Nosratabadi | Rodney Nosratabadi
    Crimes being wiped off your record after a certain period of time is a common misconception. All crimes will remain on your rap sheet. However a prior dui from more than 10 year ago cannot be used as a priorable offense to hike up your punishment. In order to clean up your rap sheet, you'll have to expunge your convictions.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 7/28/2011
    A.L.A. Law Group, LLP
    A.L.A. Law Group, LLP | Lauren M. Mayfield
    Your driving record and criminal record are two different things. The arrests and court proceedings will stay on your record forever and the only way to mitigate how they look on your record is through the expungement process. You can typically expunge your record if you are off probation and completed everything you were asked to do as part of your sentence. It is then effectively a dismissal or looks as though the court took no action on the arrest or citation. The DUI is priorable for 10 years. Offense will eventually come off your driving record over time but they will always show up on your criminal record, even with an expungement.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 7/27/2011
    Law Office of Edward J. Blum
    Law Office of Edward J. Blum | Edward J. Blum
    They will remain on your record forever. The police computers will retain the information until you die and beyond. The DUI is only priorable for 10 years. The issue of whether you have to report it to employers depends on the question they ask. If they ask have you ever been convicted of a misdemeanor, then you have to answer yes. If the ask have you been convicted of a misdemeanor in the last 10 years you can answer no. You can also apply for dismissal pursuant to Penal Code 1203.4. This is commonly referred to as an expungement, but it isn't. It just allows you to answer No to the question have you ever been convicted of a misdemeanor. In the case of a DUI, the court has discretion to grant or deny. Usually, if you are off probation and have not had any problems since the conviction they will grant it.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 7/27/2011
    Law Office of Maureen Furlong Baldwin
    Law Office of Maureen Furlong Baldwin | Maureen Furlong Baldwin
    There is no time that a file is no longer visible at the court, until the courthouse destroys the paper files. Even then, there will be a data entry or computer record of your conviction. Most people are concerned with how long a DUI will cause problems with getting a job, or increased cost of insurance. The answer to that depends on how far back the insuarance comapany or the H.R. Dept of a prospective job choose to look back. These assessments would likely be based on risk. If you committed a petty theft last year, you are probably not a good bet to be hired in retail the following year. On the other hand, if the conviction was 10 years ago, it is possible the company will not look that far back. There are of course high security background checks for high security jobs. There is no law based on the conviction. Court files are open public records.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 7/27/2011
    Law Offices of John Carney
    Law Offices of John Carney | John Carney
    New York does not have an expungement statute. Once you have a criminal record there is no way to erase it or hide it from employers. You can make a 440.10 motion if the conviction was illegal or improper in some way, but that is usually not the cases for most convictions that result from a plea.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 7/27/2011
    Andersen Law PLLC
    Andersen Law PLLC | Craig Andersen
    Forever. In the State of Washington, certain crimes cannot be vacated or dismissed, or as some people say "expunged." These crimes include Serious Violent Felonies, such as Murder, Sex Offenses, DUI and DUI related felonies and Kidnapping. Really your only shot at getting it off your record would be to petition the Governor for a pardon. However, that rarely happens.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 7/27/2011
    Law Office of Michael Brodsky
    Law Office of Michael Brodsky | Michael Brodsky
    Unfortunately, a DUI conviction remains on your record forever. Remember George W. Bush had one in the 1970s that came out while he was running for president in 2000! And it cannot be vacated (Washington does not allow expungement) unless it was amended to something else like a Negligent Driving in the 1st Degree. The good news is that a DUI will only count as a mandatory "prior conviction" for purposes of sentencing for 7 years.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 7/27/2011
    Dennis Roberts, a P.C.
    Dennis Roberts, a P.C. | Dennis Roberts
    Forever. they are one of the few crimes that cannot be removed. Sorry.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 7/27/2011
    Connell-Savela
    Connell-Savela | Jason Savela
    In Colorado, convictions stay on your record forever. There are some exceptions, but not for DUI. It is always best to admit to the DUI if asked by an employer. Be ready to explain how you have changed and what you learned. If they find out you lied on an application, you will not get the job.
    Answer Applies to: Colorado
    Replied: 7/27/2011
    Healan Law Offices
    Healan Law Offices | William D. Healan, III
    The remain on your record forever, and there is generally no way to have them removed, assuming you were convicted of the offenses. If they were dismissed, you might qualify for expungement.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 7/27/2011
    Austin Legal Services, PLC
    Austin Legal Services, PLC | Jared Austin
    Like all criminal charges they stay on there forever unless you are eligible to have them expunged. In order to get an expungement, you can only have one conviction of any kind on your record. The points from the charges only stay on your driving record for two years however. If it has been 15 years, you can easily explain to your employer that was a long time ago and your clear track record for more than a decade clearly demonstrates rehabilitation.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 7/27/2011
    Beaulier Law Office
    Beaulier Law Office | Maury Beaulier
    A DWI conviction remains on your record indefinitely. It cannot be removed if there has been a conviction.
    Answer Applies to: Minnesota
    Replied: 7/27/2011
    Law Office of James A Schoenberger
    Law Office of James A Schoenberger | James A Schoenberger
    They remain on your record untill you take steps to remove them. A DUI can be expunged three years after you have completed all the conditions of your sentence.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 7/27/2011
    Potter Law Offices
    Potter Law Offices | Cal J. Potter, III, Esq.
    Seven years.
    Answer Applies to: Nevada
    Replied: 7/27/2011
    Jared Justice Attorney at Law
    Jared Justice Attorney at Law | Jared Justice
    Unfortunately, the crime of DUII cannot be expunged. If you went through diversion and completed it, it does not count as a crime.
    Answer Applies to: Oregon
    Replied: 7/27/2011
    Edward A. Kroll, Attorney at Law
    Edward A. Kroll, Attorney at Law | Edward A. Kroll
    A DUI will remain on your criminal record forever in Oregon. It is not expungeable. They are not automatically removed. However, if it's been so long since the DUI, most employers or anyone else conducting background checks would probably understand and not hold something from 15 years ago against you.
    Answer Applies to: Oregon
    Replied: 7/27/2011
    Harden Law Offices
    Harden Law Offices | Leonard D. Harden
    A DWI will remain on MV record forever unless annulled, the NH DMV will only look back 10 years as it relates to prior offenses. However, a DWI will be considered a major MV violation for 5 years for purposes of habitual offender laws. You can seek to have DWI and oper after annulled in the court they occurred by filing for annulment per RSA 651:5. Many folks do this on their own, others hire an attorney to make sure it is done correctly. Good luck.
    Answer Applies to: New Hampshire
    Replied: 7/27/2011
    Palumbo and Kosofsky
    Palumbo and Kosofsky | Michael Palumbo
    Forever, it is a permanent record.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 7/27/2011
    Bloom Legal, LLC
    Bloom Legal, LLC | Seth J. Bloom
    In Louisiana these issues can only be held against you *criminally* for a period of 10 years. However, they will remain on your record indefinitely even if they cannot be held against you - unless you take action to have them removed. The process of having your criminal record cleared in Louisiana is referred to as an expungement.
    Answer Applies to: Louisiana
    Replied: 7/27/2011
    Jonathan S. Willett Attorney at Law
    Jonathan S. Willett Attorney at Law | Jonathan S. Willett
    If your DUI was a conviction and not a deferred judgment, it cannot be removed from your record.
    Answer Applies to: Colorado
    Replied: 7/27/2011
    Wallin & Klarich: A Law Corporation
    Wallin & Klarich: A Law Corporation | Paul Wallin
    You can retain a lawyer to file a petition pursuant to Penal Code Section 1203.4 to have your prior misdemeanor convictions expunged. There is no time limit at which time these criminal offenses automaticaly are removed from your criminal record.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 7/27/2011
    The Law Offices of Gabriel Dorman
    The Law Offices of Gabriel Dorman | Gabriel Dorman
    A DUI conviction will stay on your record forever unless you get it expunged at some point after successful completion of probation. However, the DUI conviction will be used as a prior DUI conviction against you on any subsequent DUI arrest occurring within the next 10 years of that conviction. If you want to avoid having to disclose your DUI conviction on job applications you should seek to get an expungement. If your DUI conviction is expunged you will not have to disclose it on any job application. I hope this answer was helpful. Good luck.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 7/27/2011
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