How long will a DUI conviction stay on my record? 52 Answers as of February 22, 2012

I got a DUI a few years ago and I was told that I could get it expunged if I finished all the court orders. When can I get it expunged and how long will I have to wait?

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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
Thomas J. Tomko Attorney At law
Thomas J. Tomko Attorney At law | Thomas J. Tomko
In Michigan, OWI/DUI/DWI convictions cannot be expunged. They always stay on your record.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 8/3/2011
Night Life Lawyers
Night Life Lawyers | Joshua Aldabbagh
You have to wait 7 years from the close of your DUI case (the date you are no longer under a suspended sentence) before your record can be sealed. Record sealing does not occur automatically; you have to petition the court to seal your record.
Answer Applies to: Nevada
Replied: 8/3/2011
Law Offices of Scott Tibbedeaux
Law Offices of Scott Tibbedeaux | Scott Tibbedeaux
The DUI falls of your DMV records after 10 years. The criminal conviction may be expunged by filing a petition for expungement after successfully completing probation (if applicable.) Note: Expungement does not apply to driving privileges handled by the DMV. Also, background checks may reveal that the conviction was dismissed. Depending on how busy the courts will effect how long it will take to complete the expungement process.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 8/3/2011
Law Office of Phillip Weiser
Law Office of Phillip Weiser | Phillip L. Weiser
Unfortunately, current Kansas law does not permit expungement of a DUI conviction.
Answer Applies to: Kansas
Replied: 8/2/2011
    The Law Office of Lewis R. Rosenblum
    The Law Office of Lewis R. Rosenblum | Lewis Rosenblum
    DUI will stay on your record for 10 years. An expungement will not help you if you get another conviction within 10 years. Normally you have to wait until your probationary period concludes before you are able to apply for expungement and you cannot be on probation for any other offenses.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 8/2/2011
    Wallin & Klarich: A Law Corporation
    Wallin & Klarich: A Law Corporation | Paul Wallin
    As soon as you are off probation, which in most courts id 3 years, you can retain a lawyer to file a motion per Penal Code Section 1203.4 to expunge your record.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 8/1/2011
    Andersen Law PLLC
    Andersen Law PLLC | Craig Andersen
    I don't know who told you that you could expunge a DUI. DUI is one thing that stays on one's record forever unless he or she completes a Deferred Prosecution.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 8/1/2011
    Bloom Legal, LLC
    Bloom Legal, LLC | Seth J. Bloom
    The DWI will likely remain on your record indefinitely unless you take action to have it removed. It can only be used against you criminally for a period of 10 years though. If you have successfully completed the terms of your probation and/or sentencing then you should be eligible to file an expungement. This is a process which is subject to certain approval by the DA and a judge so you are probably best off hiring an attorney to handle this for you. M
    Answer Applies to: Louisiana
    Replied: 8/1/2011
    Law Office of Thomas F. Mueller
    Law Office of Thomas F. Mueller | Thomas Mueller
    A DUI stays on your DMV record 10 years. It can be expunged from your Criminal Record after completion of probation, usually 3 years.
    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
    Beaulier Law Office
    Beaulier Law Office | Maury Beaulier
    Under Minnesota law, if there was a conviction, the offense cannot be statutorily expunged. In the case of a DWI, even a judicial expungement is extremely unlikely.
    Answer Applies to: Minnesota
    Replied: 8/1/2011
    Law Offices of John J. Connors, Esq.
    Law Offices of John J. Connors, Esq. | John J. Connors, Esq.
    An operating under the influence charge will stay on your record forever. In Massachusetts there is a lifetime look-back period for operating under the influence charges. That means if you are charged again 20 years from now, it would be charged as a second offense. You would have to talk to an experienced lawyer regarding sealing your record. Expungement is only available in a few instances, and an operating under the influence charge will most likely not get expunged in Massachusetts. You shouldn't listen to your friends. Talk to an experienced trial lawyer.
    Answer Applies to: Massachusetts
    Replied: 8/1/2011
    Law Office of Richard Williams
    Law Office of Richard Williams | Richard Williams
    July 31, 2011 A DUI conviction stays on your record forever.
    Answer Applies to: Alabama
    Replied: 8/1/2011
    Boske Law Offices
    Boske Law Offices | Michael A Boske
    DUI's can never be expunged. Unfortunately, it will always be there.
    Answer Applies to: Ohio
    Replied: 8/1/2011
    Law Office of Michael E. Hendrickson
    Law Office of Michael E. Hendrickson | Michael E. Hendrickson
    No, once convicted of a misdemeanor offense such as DUI in the Commonwealth, you cannot get the record expunged unless you can prove that you were wrongfully convicted and as a consequence have received a pardon from the governor. (See Va, Code Sec. 19.2-392.2 et seq.) Law.com.
    Answer Applies to: Virginia
    Replied: 8/1/2011
    Law Office of Jared Altman
    Law Office of Jared Altman | Jared Altman
    You were misinformed or misunderstood. It will be on your record forever.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 8/1/2011
    Frances R. Johnson
    Frances R. Johnson | Frances R. Johnson
    You may want to speak to whoever (attorney) advised you that your DUI could be expunged. No adult Colorado convictions can be expunged, and under most interpretations, Colorado DUI's cannot be sealed either.
    Answer Applies to: Colorado
    Replied: 8/1/2011
    Michael Breczinski
    Michael Breczinski | Michael Breczinski
    OUILs never get off your record. The expungment statute exempts driving offenses from being expunged. OUIL or DUI are traffic offenses.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 8/1/2011
    Harden Law Offices
    Harden Law Offices | Leonard D. Harden
    A DWI will stay on your MV record for 10 years. It affects habitual offender status for 5 years. It can be reduced to a violation level offense after 1 year.
    Answer Applies to: New Hampshire
    Replied: 8/1/2011
    Law Office of Sean Patrick Walsh
    Law Office of Sean Patrick Walsh | Sean Patrick Walsh
    In Idaho, you can have this conviction dismissed provided that you meet the statutory requirements. You should discuss this with an attorney familiar with the county in which you were convicted. Where were you convicted?
    Answer Applies to: Idaho
    Replied: 8/1/2011
    Nelson & Lawless
    Nelson & Lawless | Terry Nelson
    Forever. Just like every criminal conviction. It counts as a prior for 10 years. However, many convictions, including DUI, 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 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 retroactively 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: 8/1/2011
    Potter Law Offices
    Potter Law Offices | Cal J. Potter, III, Esq.
    Seven years for enhancement purposes. Meaning if you receive another is can be used as a prior if you are convicted. The arrest stays on the record unless it is sealed.
    Answer Applies to: Nevada
    Replied: 7/31/2011
    Attorney at Law
    Attorney at Law | Steven C. Bullock
    Forever. Alcohol related driving convictions cannot be expunged at present.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 7/31/2011
    Craig W. Elhart, P.C.
    Craig W. Elhart, P.C. | Craig Elhart
    If the offense is one that is eligible for expungement, you would have to wait 5 years.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 7/31/2011
    Law Offices of Sean Logue
    Law Offices of Sean Logue | Sean Logue
    It usually can be expunged after you complete the terms of your probation.
    Answer Applies to: Pennsylvania
    Replied: 7/31/2011
    Law Offices of Steven R. Decker
    Law Offices of Steven R. Decker | Steven Decker
    In Illinois a DUI is not able to be expunged. the rational is because you can only receive one DUI supervision a lifetime.
    Answer Applies to: Illinois
    Replied: 7/31/2011
    Law Office of Peter F. Goldscheider
    Law Office of Peter F. Goldscheider | Peter Goldscheider
    A DUI conviction can be used as a prior to enhance the maximum sentence after getting another one for 10 years. In addition, however, judges and law enforcement have access to records going back further both from the DMV and your automated state criminal history which is never purged but is updated in the event you sought and were granted an expungement pursuant to Penal Code section 1203.4
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 7/31/2011
    Law Office of Michael Bialys THE DUI MAN
    Law Office of Michael Bialys THE DUI MAN | Michael Bialys
    As long as you are off probation the record is expungable.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 2/22/2012
    Correia-Champa & Mailhot
    Correia-Champa & Mailhot | Susan Correia Champa
    Your DUI conviction will stay on your record forever. After 10 years, you can ask the Board of Probation to seal your record assuming you have no additional charges during that period of time. However, for purposes of law enforcement, the DUI conviction will always count as a second offense if you are ever charged with DUI again in Massachusetts, even if you are successful in sealing your record.
    Answer Applies to: Massachusetts
    Replied: 7/31/2011
    Law Offices of John Carney
    Law Offices of John Carney | John Carney
    There is no expungement statute in New York. You will always have a criminal record.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 7/31/2011
    Law Office of Jeff Yeh
    Law Office of Jeff Yeh | Jeff Yeh
    You are eligible once you have successfully completed probation, have no other pending criminal case(s), and am not on probation for anything else. Contact an attorney to file the petition for you and conduct the expungement hearing.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 7/31/2011
    Law Offices of Phil Hache
    Law Offices of Phil Hache | Phil Hache
    To get your DUI expunged, you will first have to complete all the terms of your probation (ie. finish the alcohol course, pay fines, etc.). If your probation has already been terminated, then you may be eligible for expungement. Note that you can not have pending charges or be on probation for another offense. I have successfully expunged DUI's for other clients and would be happy to assist you.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 7/31/2011
    Law Office of Robert L Keates, PLLC
    Law Office of Robert L Keates, PLLC | Robert Keates
    A conviction in Texas is permanent. No Expunctions unless you can get a Governor's Pardon.
    Answer Applies to: Texas
    Replied: 7/31/2011
    Smith & John
    Smith & John | Kenneth Craig Smith, Jr.
    It will stay on your criminal record forever unless it is expunged.
    Answer Applies to: Louisiana
    Replied: 7/31/2011
    Jules N. Fiani, Attorney at Law
    Jules N. Fiani, Attorney at Law | Jules Fiani
    It cannot be expunged.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 7/31/2011
    Shawn R. Dominy, Attorney at Law
    Shawn R. Dominy, Attorney at Law | Shawn Richard Dominy
    In Ohio, a D.U.I. (O.V.I.) charge cannot be expunged for adults. It is on the driving record permanently. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news. The good news is it will only appear in a public record check for three years.
    Answer Applies to: Ohio
    Replied: 7/31/2011
    Klisz Law Office, PLLC
    Klisz Law Office, PLLC | Timothy J. Klisz
    You received faulty info. DUI convictions are not removable in Michigan.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 7/31/2011
    Austin Legal Services, PLC
    Austin Legal Services, PLC | Jared Austin
    Unless you were granted some sort of special status that would permit the conviction to not show up on your permanent record once probation is completed, you will have to apply for an expungement. As long as five years have passed and there is no other conviction of any kind on your record, you are eligible to apply for an expungement. Contact our office or an attorney in your area who does expungements. We can help you get back on track. Jared C. Austin, Attorney-at-Law CONFIDENTIALITY NOTE: The Information contained in this electronic message is legally privileged and confidential information intended only for the individual or entity named as recipient. If the reader is not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any use, dissemination, distribution or copying of this electronic message is strictly prohibited. If you have received this electronic message in error, please notify the sender immediately by return electronic message and immediately delete this message from your system. Thank you.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 7/31/2011
    Rothstein Law PLLC
    Rothstein Law PLLC | Eric Rothstein
    New York does not expunge.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 7/31/2011
    Law Office of James A Schoenberger
    Law Office of James A Schoenberger | James A Schoenberger
    A DUI can be expunged three years after completion of all conditions of your sentence.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 7/31/2011
    Cynthia Henley, Lawyer
    Cynthia Henley, Lawyer | Cynthia Henley
    You can never expunge any conviction or charge for which you serve probation or deferred adjudication probation. You can never even seal a DWI.
    Answer Applies to: Texas
    Replied: 7/31/2011
    Edward A. Kroll, Attorney at Law
    Edward A. Kroll, Attorney at Law | Edward A. Kroll
    In Oregon, a DUII charge cannot be expunged, and will be on your record forever. If the DUII charge is from a different state, you should contact a lawyer from that state to determine your options. if it is an Oregon conviction, there is nothing you can do.
    Answer Applies to: Oregon
    Replied: 7/31/2011
    Law Offices of Jeffery A. Cojocar, PC
    Law Offices of Jeffery A. Cojocar, PC | Jeffery A. Cojocar
    A DUI is never expunged in Michigan.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 7/31/2011
    Miller & Harrison, LLC
    Miller & Harrison, LLC | David Harrison
    If you got a deferred sentence you might be able to seal it, although a case on appeal right now makes that harder. If you contact me we can discuss the specifics of your case.
    Answer Applies to: Colorado
    Replied: 7/31/2011
    The Law Offices of Christopher J. McCann
    The Law Offices of Christopher J. McCann | Christopher J. McCann
    You can get a misdemeanor DUI conviction "expunged" as soon as you complete probation. This legally is a withdrawal of the guilty or no contest plea, and entrance of a not guilty plea, and a dismissal of the accusatory pleading against you under Penal Code section 1203.4. If you are still on probation, you will have to petition the court to terminate the probation first before you can get the conviction expunged. It is important to note that this does not remove the priorability aspect of the conviction for 10 years. In other words, if you get another DUI arrest within 10 years of the prior expunged conviction, you can still be charged as a 2nd offender subject to more severe consequences. In addition, an expungement does not preclude law enforcement and district attorneys from seeing the expungement in your Department of Justice record. Finally, government jobs and licensing applications still often require that you acknowledge if you have ever had a conviction expunged.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 7/30/2011
    Law Offices of James A Bates
    Law Offices of James A Bates | James A Bates
    It has to stay on your DMV record for 10 years in case you get another one. That is called "priorability". In California, if you get a second DUI within 10 years the consequences go up big time.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 7/30/2011
    John Segelbaum, P.S.
    John Segelbaum, P.S. | John Segelbaum
    Expungement refers to asking the Washington State Patrol to delete non conviction data from your record. If you were convicted, the DUI is not non conviction data and not subject to deletion. There is a process for vacating misdemeanor convictions in court, but not for DUIs.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 7/30/2011
    Law Office of Joe Dane
    Law Office of Joe Dane | Joe Dane
    California doesn't have a true "expungement" law, but you can seek a dismissal under Penal Code section 1203.4. As long as you successfully completed probation and are not on probation for this case or any others, you can file a motion. If granted, it won't wipe the conviction from your record, but it enters a dismissal. That will allow you to tell most private employers that you have not been convicted of the offense. It does remain on your background, just with an additional entry that it was subsequently dismissed. It still will count as a prior conviction for 10 years and will also remain on your DMV history for at least 10 years.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 7/30/2011
    The Umansky Law Firm
    The Umansky Law Firm | William D. Umansky
    If you were adjudicated guilty of a DUI in Florida, the conviction will remain on your record.
    Answer Applies to: Florida
    Replied: 7/30/2011
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