How long will a drunk driving charge stay on my record? 74 Answers as of August 08, 2011

How long will a drunk driving charge stay on my record if it is my first offense?

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Oberman & Rice
Oberman & Rice | Steven Oberman
This is good question. Most people don’t realize that a DUI conviction and many of the associated consequences (such as being overlooked for job promotions and opportunities) will stay on your record forever. That is why it is so important to obtain the very best defense you can. Typically, you only have one chance to win.

If the case is dismissed, the charge may be erased from your record in many states.
Answer Applies to: Tennessee
Replied: 8/8/2011
Lowenstein Law Office
Lowenstein Law Office | Anthony Lowenstein
It depends on several factors.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 8/4/2011
A.L.A. Law Group, LLP
A.L.A. Law Group, LLP | Lauren M. Mayfield
You can expunge the DUI after you have completed probation, classes and fines. If you don't expunge the conviction will stay on your record as a conviction forever. The first DUI is priorable for 10 years even if you expunge your record.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 8/1/2011
Palumbo and Kosofsky
Palumbo and Kosofsky | Michael Palumbo
A DWI conviction stays on your record forever. You can retain our office to make an application for relief from disability.
Answer Applies to: New York
Replied: 8/1/2011
Jonathan S. Willett Attorney at Law
Jonathan S. Willett Attorney at Law | Jonathan S. Willett
Hello- It is supposed to be on your record forever.
Answer Applies to: Colorado
Replied: 8/1/2011
    Boske Law Offices
    Boske Law Offices | Michael A Boske
    Unfortunately, OVI's cannot be expunged from your record.
    Answer Applies to: Ohio
    Replied: 8/1/2011
    Frances R. Johnson
    Frances R. Johnson | Frances R. Johnson
    If you were not a juvenile when you receive it and it is a conviction, it will not go off your record.
    Answer Applies to: Colorado
    Replied: 8/1/2011
    Law Office of Jared Altman
    Law Office of Jared Altman | Jared Altman
    Forever.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 8/1/2011
    Michael Breczinski
    Michael Breczinski | Michael Breczinski
    Forever, drinkin and driving offenses do not fall off the record just the points associated with them. You can't get a drinking and driving offense expunged under the law.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 8/1/2011
    Law Office of Sean Patrick Walsh
    Law Office of Sean Patrick Walsh | Sean Patrick Walsh
    In Idaho, you can apply to have the charge dismissed and erased from the Court record. However, the conviction counts for purposes of an enhancement of new DUIs for ten years following the conviction.
    Answer Applies to: Idaho
    Replied: 8/1/2011
    Law Office of Maureen Furlong Baldwin
    Law Office of Maureen Furlong Baldwin | Maureen Furlong Baldwin
    All criminal court files are public record. That means there is no set time for a DUI to go "off" your record. After completion of probation, you can get a record clearance, but the file is still in the courthouse. The question is really how long insurance companies and potential employers consider a DUI. A second issue regarding DUI arises if you get a second DUI within 10 years of your first one. In that case, the court considers the second DUI a second offense with more serious punishment than for a first DUI.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 7/31/2011
    Law Offices of Sean Logue
    Law Offices of Sean Logue | Sean Logue
    Until you have it expunged, which usually can be done when you complete the terms of your probation. My website is tristatedui.com if I can help.
    Answer Applies to: Pennsylvania
    Replied: 7/31/2011
    Gonzalez Law Associates P.C.
    Gonzalez Law Associates P.C. | Carlos Gonzalez
    Permanently..
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 7/31/2011
    Correia-Champa & Mailhot
    Correia-Champa & Mailhot | Susan Correia Champa
    It will stay on your record forever. After a 10 year period you can ask the Board of Probation to seal your record assuming you receive no additional criminal charges within that time period, however, for law enforcement purposes the DUI conviction will always serve as a second offense if you are ever convicted for a second subsequent OUI, even if you seal your record.
    Answer Applies to: Massachusetts
    Replied: 7/31/2011
    Law Office of James A Schoenberger
    Law Office of James A Schoenberger | James A Schoenberger
    A DUI is a misdemeanor and will stay on your record until you take steps to expunge it.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 7/31/2011
    Law Offices of James A Bates
    Law Offices of James A Bates | James A Bates
    10 years minimum. That is how long a dui is priorable. It has to stay on your record in case you get another one within that time and then the consequences go way up.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 7/30/2011
    Braunstein Law, PC
    Braunstein Law, PC | Jacob Braunstein
    In Oregon, a conviction for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants will remain on your criminal record for the remainder of your life and is not able to be expunged. If you are eligible to enter a diversion program (often available for 1st time offenders) and successfully complete the diversion program, a conviction will not appear on your record.
    Answer Applies to: Oregon
    Replied: 7/30/2011
    Freeborn Law Offices, P.S.
    Freeborn Law Offices, P.S. | Steve Freeborn
    From a court standpoint.. forever. The reason for this is that penalties increase for subsequent DUIs. If the DUI was removed from your record, there would be no way of determining what number DUI it was. For insurance purpose, it largely depends upon the insurance carrier. DOL also has its own requirements as well.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 7/30/2011
    John Segelbaum, P.S.
    John Segelbaum, P.S. | John Segelbaum
    The DOL does not delete DUI convictions from you record.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 7/30/2011
    Cynthia Henley, Lawyer
    Cynthia Henley, Lawyer | Cynthia Henley
    If you are convicted of DWI, it will remain on your record indefinitely.
    Answer Applies to: Texas
    Replied: 7/30/2011
    Law Offices of Jeffery A. Cojocar, PC
    Law Offices of Jeffery A. Cojocar, PC | Jeffery A. Cojocar
    Forever, it never goes away.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 7/30/2011
    Collins Law Firm, P.A.
    Collins Law Firm, P.A. | John C. Collins
    Three years for insurance. Five years for enhancement. And lifetime for police to see it.
    Answer Applies to: Arkansas
    Replied: 7/30/2011
    Clifford Clendenin & O'Hale, LLP
    Clifford Clendenin & O'Hale, LLP | Locke T. Clifford
    Permanently, if you were convicted. If you were not convicted, it may qualify to be expunged, which would allow you to get it taken off your record.
    Answer Applies to: North Carolina
    Replied: 6/14/2011
    Harris Law Firm
    Harris Law Firm | Jennifer C. Robins
    In Oregon, a driving under the influence charge will remain on your record for life.
    Answer Applies to: Oregon
    Replied: 4/26/2011
    Law Office of Peter F. Goldscheider
    Law Office of Peter F. Goldscheider | Peter Goldscheider
    It will remain for at least 10 years as a prior conviction within that time will count as a "prior" for enhancement of sentence in court and for a longer suspension period in the future. Sometimes courts have access to records even further back than that. A court can consider any prior conviction no matter how old it is.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 4/21/2011
    Law Office of Phillip Weiser
    Law Office of Phillip Weiser | Phillip L. Weiser
    Kansas law now allows for DUI convictions to remain on a person's record permanently.
    Answer Applies to: Kansas
    Replied: 4/19/2011
    The Law Office of Kevin O'Grady
    The Law Office of Kevin O'Grady | Kevin O'Grady
    A criminal conviction will remain on your record unless or until it is expunged or pardoned.
    Answer Applies to: Hawaii
    Replied: 4/18/2011
    Austin Legal Services, PLC
    Austin Legal Services, PLC | Jared Austin
    A drunk driving charge will stay on your record forever unless you get it expunged. You have to wait five years and make sure there is nothing else on your record before applying for expungement.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 4/18/2011
    Law Offices of John Carney
    Law Offices of John Carney | John Carney
    Criminal convictions stay on your record forever in New York unless they are vacated by a 440.10 motion due to some irregularity, or violation of your rights.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 4/15/2011
    Michael Anthony Wing, P.C.
    Michael Anthony Wing, P.C. | Michael Anthony Wing
    I am unaware of a limit of time that the conviction will remain on your record, however, Alabama's current DUI statute only considers convictions in the prior five years. After five years, as long as you have had no others and the law doesn't change, then it will not have an adverse effect if you were to pick up another charge. Stay well.
    Answer Applies to: Alabama
    Replied: 4/15/2011
    Klisz Law Office, PLLC
    Klisz Law Office, PLLC | Timothy J. Klisz
    Forever. Unless the expungement law changes, because driving crimes are not eligible.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 4/14/2011
    Law Office of Gary Lazar
    Law Office of Gary Lazar | Gary Lazar
    In Michigan, any traffic related offense is always on your record and cannot be expunged. Points from any traffic offense (including a drunk driving) stay on your Michigan Secretary of State license for 2 years and generally are considered for 3 years for purposes of determining your pay rate by your insurance company.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 4/15/2011
    Law Office of Jeff Yeh
    Law Office of Jeff Yeh | Jeff Yeh
    The charge will be on a record forever unless and until it is expunged.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 4/15/2011
    Theodore W. Robinson, P.C.
    Theodore W. Robinson, P.C. | Theodore W. Robinson
    Unfortunately, whether its a first or the fifteenth criminal conviction, it stays on your record. That is, unless you are under 19 when it happened and then another whole set of new problems arise. Find yourself an experienced criminal defense lawyer and fight the charge rather than giving in to a conviction without a fight. Good luck.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 4/14/2011
    Lacy Fields, Attorney at Law, LLC
    Lacy Fields, Attorney at Law, LLC | Lacy Fields
    It stays on your "record" forever, or until you get it expunged. You can only expunge it if you have not received additional DWIs/alcohol related traffic incidents. However, if it was your first offense and you received "SIS" probation, the "record" will disappear from Casenet and other public forums once you have successfully completed probation. Moreover, SIS does not count as a "conviction" in Missouri, so you can truthfully say you were not convicted of that particular crime (eg. on employment applications).
    Answer Applies to: Missouri
    Replied: 4/14/2011
    The Law Office of Harry E. Hudson, Jr.
    The Law Office of Harry E. Hudson, Jr. | Harry E. Hudson, Jr.
    Essentially forever. Even if expunged the fact of its existence remains.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 4/14/2011
    Thomas J. Tomko Attorney At law
    Thomas J. Tomko Attorney At law | Thomas J. Tomko
    Thank you for your inquiry. You are asking how long a drunk driving conviction stays on your record. The answer is divided into two parts. First, on your driving record, it stays on forever. You get 4 or 6 points (depending on the offense), and the points drop off after 2 years. however, the record of the conviction never goes away. Second, on your criminal record, the conviction never goes away. Expungement for a traffic misdemeanor is not available.

    The thing to remember is that if you have a 2nd offense drinknig charge within 7 years of the first, you can be charged with OWI 2nd. In your lifetime, should you get a 3rd charge, it is a 5-year felony. Therefore, to keep track, a first conviction is always part of your criminal and traffic record.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 4/15/2011
    Law Office of Richard Williams
    Law Office of Richard Williams | Richard Williams
    A DUI conviction stays on your record permanently.
    Answer Applies to: Alabama
    Replied: 4/15/2011
    Law Office of Thomas F. Mueller
    Law Office of Thomas F. Mueller | Thomas Mueller
    10 years on your DMV Record. Forever on your state criminal record. The criminal record can be expunged after successful completion of probation. For more info or a fee quote, call.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 4/15/2011
    The Law Offices of Michael S. Berg
    The Law Offices of Michael S. Berg | Michael Berg
    A drunk driving charge will remain on your record forever unless you take steps to have it expunged. In California, it will be used as a prior for prior conviction purposes for ten years. good luck.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 4/13/2011
    Ron Graham Attorney at Law
    Ron Graham Attorney at Law | Ron Graham
    This charge will stay on your record forever.
    Answer Applies to: Ohio
    Replied: 4/15/2011
    William C. Gosnell, Attorney at Law
    William C. Gosnell, Attorney at Law | William C. Gosnell
    You have this charge until the day you die. There is no expungement on DUI.
    Answer Applies to: Tennessee
    Replied: 4/15/2011
    Dennis Roberts, a P.C.
    Dennis Roberts, a P.C. | Dennis Roberts
    If you get another DUI within 10 years it is a second, but the original DUI and any others stays on your record forever and it is one of the few convictions that you cannot expunge. Don't drink and drive is my advice.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 4/15/2011
    Harden Law Offices
    Harden Law Offices | Leonard D. Harden
    It depends on state, in NH there is a lifetime look back, some states are lifetime.
    Answer Applies to: New Hampshire
    Replied: 4/15/2011
    Mercado & Hartung
    Mercado & Hartung | Stephanie Hartung
    If you were convicted of DUI it will always be part of your criminal history even if it was a first offense.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 4/15/2011
    Law Office of Tim W. Avery
    Law Office of Tim W. Avery | Tim W. Avery
    If you were convicted, then it stays on your record permanently.
    Answer Applies to: Texas
    Replied: 4/14/2011
    GO Law Office
    GO Law Office | Juan Ooink
    Your drunk driving charge will be on your record for the rest of your life.
    Answer Applies to: Illinois
    Replied: 4/13/2011
    Nelson & Lawless
    Nelson & Lawless | Terry Nelson
    This charge will be on your record forever. It only counts as a prior for 10 years.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 4/15/2011
    Miller & Harrison, LLC
    Miller & Harrison, LLC | David Harrison
    It will never be removed from either your arrest record or driving record if you plead guilty or were convicted at trial.
    Answer Applies to: Colorado
    Replied: 4/15/2011
    Edward  D. Dowling IV Attorney at Law
    Edward D. Dowling IV Attorney at Law | Edward D. Dowling IV
    It depends on whether you mean the Court's criminal records or the Department of Motor Vehicles. If it is Criminal records it stays on your record permanently. A second DWI within 10 years of the first would be a felony.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 4/14/2011
    Law Office of Brendan M. Kelly
    Law Office of Brendan M. Kelly | Brendan M. Kelly
    Hello, A DUI will be on your record for life. Should impact your insurance for at least 4 years and can be used at this point to enhance any future charges for 12 years. Other questions please call.
    Answer Applies to: Nebraska
    Replied: 4/14/2011
    Nichols Law Firm
    Nichols Law Firm | Michael J. Nichols
    A drunk driving in Michigan is on your record for life.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 4/14/2011
    Andersen Law PLLC
    Andersen Law PLLC | Craig Andersen
    In Washington, a DUII is forever. Unfortunately, DUII is one of a class of crimes that stay on one's record permanently. If the conviction is from some other state, the answer might be different.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 4/14/2011
    Sharifi & Baron
    Sharifi & Baron | S. Yossof Sharifi
    The charge will last 10 years in Utah.
    Answer Applies to: Utah
    Replied: 4/14/2011
    Law Office of Martin Blank
    Law Office of Martin Blank | Martin E. Blank
    Your points will last 3 years; your conviction will be accessible indefinitely.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 4/14/2011
    Beaulier Law Office
    Beaulier Law Office | Maury Beaulier
    A DWI remains on your record indefinitely. That means it will always appear in any background or driver's license check. As a result, a strong defense at the time you are charged with the offense is imperative. Call for a free consultation.
    Answer Applies to: Minnesota
    Replied: 4/14/2011
    Bloom Legal, LLC
    Bloom Legal, LLC | Seth J. Bloom
    A first offense DWI will remain on your record for 10 years in Louisiana if you do not do anything about it. Depending upon your conviction and the disposition of your sentence, you may be eligible to file for an expungement in Louisiana to have the charges erased from your record. Expungements are something that our firm handles on a regular basis. If you are interested in pursuing an expungement in this matter, we invite you to contact our firm at the information on this page for a free case evaluation to determine if we would be able to assist you.
    Answer Applies to: Louisiana
    Replied: 4/14/2011
    Law Office of Craig E. Gibbs
    Law Office of Craig E. Gibbs | Craig Gibbs
    You can get it expunged very quickly.
    Answer Applies to: Louisiana
    Replied: 4/14/2011
    The Law Offices of Gabriel Dorman
    The Law Offices of Gabriel Dorman | Gabriel Dorman
    A DUI conviction will stay on your record forever regardless of whether it's your first, second, third, etc. However, the first 10 years after conviction is the period of time in which it can be used as a prior DUI conviction for purposes of future DUI arrests during that time. For example, if you get arrested for a DUI today, any DUI conviction on your record within the last 10 years will serve to make the new arrest a second DUI ...two DUI convictions within the last 10 years would make the new one a third DUI and so on. Naturally, the more DUIs you have the worse the consequences get. You can petition the court to expunge your DUI conviction after successful completion of probation. However, it should be noted, that expunging a DUI conviction will not prevent it from being used as a prior conviction for subsequent DUI arrests. I hope this answer was helpful. Good luck.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 4/13/2011
    Lawrence Lewis
    Lawrence Lewis | Lawrence Lewis, PC
    A drunk driving conviction will remain on your record forever. There will be no expungment for a conviction. Therefore, you need an attorney. Check out my website.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 4/14/2011
    Ferguson & Ferguson
    Ferguson & Ferguson | Randy W. Ferguson
    In Alabama forever. It might not be used against you, but the record would still show up. The response given is not intended to create, nor does it create an ongoing duty to respond to questions. The response does not form an attorney-client relationship, nor is it intended to be anything other than the educated opinion of the author. It should not be relied upon as legal advice. The response given is based upon the limited facts provided by the person asking the question. To the extent additional or different facts exist, the response might possibly change.
    Answer Applies to: Alabama
    Replied: 4/14/2011
    Law Office of Jonathan T. Sarre
    Law Office of Jonathan T. Sarre | Jonathan T. Sarre
    The answer to this question is going to depend on whether you participated in the DUII diversion program for your first offense DUII. If you take advantage of diversion and successfully complete the program, your DUII charge will be dismissed. At that point, it will only show up on your driving record. If you did not go the diversion route, the bad news is that DUII is considered to be a motor vehicle charge and as such is not an expungeable offense. That means it will stay on your record. Of course like any other conviction, it means less and less to prospective employers or your auto insurer as time goes by.
    Answer Applies to: Oregon
    Replied: 4/14/2011
    Edward A. Kroll, Attorney at Law
    Edward A. Kroll, Attorney at Law | Edward A. Kroll
    If you have a conviction for DUII, it cannot be expunged, and will remain on your record. If you go through the Diversion program, you will not have a conviction on your record.
    Answer Applies to: Oregon
    Replied: 4/14/2011
    Benari Law Firm
    Benari Law Firm | Arik T. Benari
    If it's in Pennsylvania, and you were found guilty, then it's a misdemeanor and it will be on your record permanently.
    Answer Applies to: Pennsylvania
    Replied: 4/14/2011
    Law Office of Jamie Balagia
    Law Office of Jamie Balagia | Will Mitchell
    In Texas, DWI convictions remain on your record indefinitely. For example, if you are charged with a DWI 25 years from now, it will be a DWI 2nd.
    Answer Applies to: Texas
    Replied: 4/14/2011
    Arnold & Wadsworth
    Arnold & Wadsworth | Brian Arnold
    Depends on the state and what a first offense DUI is categorized as. We offer free consultations for DUI charges in Utah. If your DUI is in Utah, give us a call.
    Answer Applies to: Utah
    Replied: 4/14/2011
    Eversole Law, LLC
    Eversole Law, LLC | Steven Eversole
    Thanks for the question. The answer is complicated, it depends. In Alabama, if the case originated in District Court then it will always be on your record because Alabama does not have an expungement statute. If it is a municipal charge the city's mayor can expunge the record. There are also various other possible remedies, like a Rule 32 motion. I really need to know more about your situation. Please feel free to give me a call.
    Answer Applies to: Alabama
    Replied: 4/13/2011
    Law Office of Kyle T. Green, PLLC
    Law Office of Kyle T. Green, PLLC | Kyle T. Green
    If you are found guilty of DUI in Arizona, it will stay on your record forever. There is no way to expunge a DUI from your record.
    Answer Applies to: Arizona
    Replied: 4/14/2011
    Law Office of Tracey S. Sang
    Law Office of Tracey S. Sang | Tracey Sang
    It will stay on indefinitely unless you get it expunged. Ten years is the window in California for whether or not a conviction may be considered a "first" DUI again. You are eligible for an expungement if you have successfully completed probation.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 4/14/2011
    The Law Offices of Robert L. Driessen
    The Law Offices of Robert L. Driessen | Robert L. Driessen
    It will be on your record for at least 10 years as that is the time it can be used as a prior offense.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 4/13/2011
    Attorney Paul Lancia
    Attorney Paul Lancia | Paul Lancia
    The specific charge cannot be removed, but your entire record may be able to be sealed.
    Answer Applies to: Massachusetts
    Replied: 4/14/2011
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