How many years will my record keep my DUI? 54 Answers as of May 30, 2013

I got a DUI 5 month ago. I've been jailed, paid the bill and gone to court. How long will it be on my record?

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Law Office of Peter F. Goldscheider
Law Office of Peter F. Goldscheider | Peter Goldscheider
That would be 10 years.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 7/19/2012
Cornish, Crowley, Rockafellow, & Sartz, PLLC
Cornish, Crowley, Rockafellow, & Sartz, PLLC | Jacob Peter Sartz IV
I'd recommend you retain a lawyer to help you or you ask the court for legal counsel.You have a right to counsel. Don't be afraid to exercise that right. Currently, there is no way to get rid of OUI charge from your traffic and criminal history unless you could somehow appeal or get a court-order setting aside the conviction. Traffic offenses cannot currently be expunged under Michigan law.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 6/21/2012
Robert Mortland
Robert Mortland | Law Office of Robert Mortland
10 years for court purposes. However, you could expunge the matter at the end of probation.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 3/26/2012
Harrison & Harrison
Harrison & Harrison | Samuel Harrison
Unde current Georgia law, as long as you live.
Answer Applies to: Georgia
Replied: 3/26/2012
Law Office of Elizabeth B. Carpenter, Esq.
Law Office of Elizabeth B. Carpenter, Esq. | Elizabeth B. Carpenter
It will be on your record indefinitely. However, there is a 10 year cleansing period for a prior DWI arrest to not affect the sentencing of a current DWI conviction. In other words, if your second DWI arrest is more than 10 years after your first, you will be charged with a first offense DWI instead of a second. However, if at any time during these ten years you were incarcerated, that time does not count towards the ten year cleansing period.
Answer Applies to: Louisiana
Replied: 3/24/2012
    Law Office of Phillip Weiser
    Law Office of Phillip Weiser | Phillip L. Weiser
    Currently in Kansas, the DUI will remain on your record for life, however last year the Legislature limited to 10 years the time which it can be used to enhance the penalty.
    Answer Applies to: Kansas
    Replied: 3/23/2012
    Law Office of Richard Williams
    Law Office of Richard Williams | Richard Williams
    A DUI conviction, at the present time, is a permanent record.
    Answer Applies to: Alabama
    Replied: 3/22/2012
    Michael Breczinski
    Michael Breczinski | Michael Breczinski
    Forever. This is a CRIMINAL conviction. It is not like speeding that the points drop off after a time. That is a civil infraction. Further most expungment laws for criminal convictions do not let you expunge anything to do with driving.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 3/22/2012
    Klisz Law Office, PLLC
    Klisz Law Office, PLLC | Timothy J. Klisz
    Lifetime.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 3/22/2012
    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'. Your insurance record (for insurance rates) may be different but you should contact your insurance company with those questions.
    Answer Applies to: Oregon
    Replied: 3/22/2012
    Hynum Law Office, LLC
    Hynum Law Office, LLC | G. Wayne Hynum
    That would be 5 years.
    Answer Applies to: Mississippi
    Replied: 5/30/2013
    Cynthia Henley, Lawyer
    Cynthia Henley, Lawyer | Cynthia Henley
    Forever. It will always be on your record.
    Answer Applies to: Texas
    Replied: 3/21/2012
    Grantland, Blodgett, Shaw & Abel
    Grantland, Blodgett, Shaw & Abel | Gregory M. Abel
    Always. It is relevant for 15 years.
    Answer Applies to: Oregon
    Replied: 3/21/2012
    Law Office of Eric Sterkenburg
    Law Office of Eric Sterkenburg | Eric Sterkenburg
    A DUI will be on your record until you have it expunged. It will be priorable for ten years.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 3/21/2012
    The Law Office of Stephanie M. Arrache
    The Law Office of Stephanie M. Arrache | Stephanie Arrache
    It will remain on your criminal record permanently. However you can have it expunged for purposes of work or school after probation ends.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 3/21/2012
    Charles M. Schiff, Attorney at Law
    Charles M. Schiff, Attorney at Law | Charles M. Schiff
    The DUI conviction is always available to a record search. The conviction, however, may have limited affect based on the passage of time. For example, a second charge within ten (10) years of a conviction is a higher level offense. For insurance purposes, the conviction will affect your premium for a five (5) year period. The conviction does not go away, but it has diminishing affect on you if substantial time has passed since the conviction.
    Answer Applies to: Minnesota
    Replied: 3/21/2012
    Cody W. Gibson, Attorney at Law, PLLC
    Cody W. Gibson, Attorney at Law, PLLC | Cody W. Gibson
    A DUI in Mississippi can never be expunged, in almost all cases it will permanently be on your record. The general expunction statute states, SEC. 99-19-71,"any person who has been convicted of a misdemeanor, excluding a conviction for a traffic violation may petition for expunction."
    Answer Applies to: Mississippi
    Replied: 3/21/2012
    Larry K. Dunn & Associates | Larry K. Dunn
    A dui conviction will remain on your record forever unless you have the record sealed or expunged which cannot be done for seven years because another dui within seven years would result in an enhanced penalty. You should contact an attorney to have your records sealed when you are eligible to do so.
    Answer Applies to: Nevada
    Replied: 3/21/2012
    Law Office of Brendan M. Kelly
    Law Office of Brendan M. Kelly | Brendan M. Kelly
    The "look back" prior for prior DUI convictions is 15 years. So for the next 15 years. You may be eligible for a set aside that could help lower your insurance rates.
    Answer Applies to: Nebraska
    Replied: 3/21/2012
    Law Office of Patrick E. Donovan, PLLC
    Law Office of Patrick E. Donovan, PLLC | Patrick E. Donovan
    The DUI will be on your record forever, unless you seek to annul it, which you cannot do for 10 years.
    Answer Applies to: New Hampshire
    Replied: 3/21/2012
    Germaine & Blaszka, P.A.
    Germaine & Blaszka, P.A. | Donald L. Blaszka, Jr.
    In NH, a DWI conviction will remain on your Driving Record and Criminal Record forever unless you file a petition to annul the conviction. You must wait a minimum of 10 years from the date of the completion of your sentence before you can file a petition to annul. You should consult with an attorney in NH before filing the petition to annul in order to ensure that you meeting the statutory requirements.
    Answer Applies to: New Hampshire
    Replied: 3/21/2012
    Law Office of Tracey S. Sang
    Law Office of Tracey S. Sang | Tracey Sang
    It will stay on your record until you take active steps to get it expunged. A court will generally not grant an expungement until you have successfully completed probation.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 3/21/2012
    McClendon Owens Melia McBreen LLP
    McClendon Owens Melia McBreen LLP | Richard L. McBreen III
    Forever. Unless and until the law changes regarding the ability to expunge DUII convictions.
    Answer Applies to: Oregon
    Replied: 3/21/2012
    Law Offices of James A Bates
    Law Offices of James A Bates | James A Bates
    Ten years in California. It can be used as a prior to increase the penalties next time.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 3/21/2012
    Law Offices of Eric J. Bell | Eric J. Bell
    If you are found guilty of this DUI (or plead guilty to the charge) and then receive a sentence of supervision it will stay on your driving record forever. Although supervision is technically not a conviction - you cannot expunge a sentence of supervision for a DUI. If you win the case at trial - then you can expunge and seal the arrest.
    Answer Applies to: Illinois
    Replied: 3/21/2012
    Glass Defense Firm
    Glass Defense Firm | Jason M. Glass
    It will permanently be on your record, and it cannot be expunged, unless you qualify for and complete the DUI Deferral Program. However, it can only be used for purposes of enhancing subsequent offenses for a period of 10 years.
    Answer Applies to: West Virginia
    Replied: 3/21/2012
    H. Scott Basham, Attorney at Law, P.C. | H. Scott Basham
    I believe it will stay on your MVR for between 3 and 5 years. I'd have to look it up to be sure. Or, you can check with the Department of Driver Services (formerly the Department of Motor Vehicles).
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 3/21/2012
    VANJOHNSON LAW FIRM, LLC
    VANJOHNSON LAW FIRM, LLC | Anthony Overton Van Johnson
    The DUI conviction will remain on your record indefinitely, unless you have the conviction expunged.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 3/21/2012
    Law Office of Thomas A. Medford, Jr., PC
    Law Office of Thomas A. Medford, Jr., PC | Thomas A. Medford, Jr.
    For at least three years or more.
    Answer Applies to: District of Columbia
    Replied: 3/21/2012
    Law & Mediation Office of Jeffrey L. Pollock, Esq.
    Law & Mediation Office of Jeffrey L. Pollock, Esq. | Jeffrey Lawrence Pollock
    If you did not get ARD, then your record is permanent.
    Answer Applies to: Pennsylvania
    Replied: 3/21/2012
    Law Offices of John Carney
    Law Offices of John Carney | John Carney
    You cannot have it erased and it will be on your rap sheet for the rest of your life. Drunk driving is a very serious conviction that will make it very hard to get a good job for the rest of your life. That is because employers are liable for their employees actions and can get sued for millions.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 3/21/2012
    Aaron Black Law
    Aaron Black Law | Aaron Black
    In Arizona DUIs stay on your record forever. They can be used against you to increase your punishment on a second DUI for 7 years.
    Answer Applies to: Arizona
    Replied: 3/21/2012
    Freeborn Law Offices, P.S.
    Freeborn Law Offices, P.S. | Steve Freeborn
    Indefinitely. Reason: because each subsequent DUI carries with it more serious penalties. If the conviction were to be removed then a court would not know if you had prior convictions.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 3/21/2012
    Anderson Law Office
    Anderson Law Office | Scott L. Anderson
    In Minnesota it remains on your driving record forever.
    Answer Applies to: Minnesota
    Replied: 3/21/2012
    Tennison & Soberon-Llort, PL | Christina Soberon-Llort
    DUI convictions cannot be expunged or sealed in the State of Florida.
    Answer Applies to: Florida
    Replied: 3/21/2012
    Timothy J. Thill P.C.
    Timothy J. Thill P.C. | Timothy J. Thill
    If you have a suspension for failing the test, or refused the test, law enforcement and the court system will have a permanent record of your DUI, and will use it against you if you catch another DUI. If you passed the tests, and also got the case dismissed, you should be able to get the arrest expunged.
    Answer Applies to: Illinois
    Replied: 3/21/2012
    Theodore W. Robinson, P.C.
    Theodore W. Robinson, P.C. | Theodore W. Robinson
    It stays on your record permanently, but after 10 years you can sometimes have it expunged from your record, but it's a separate action. Speak to an attorney about that matter. Good luck.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 3/21/2012
    Connell-Savela
    Connell-Savela | Jason Savela
    Forever - there is no current way to seal Dui convictions.
    Answer Applies to: Colorado
    Replied: 3/21/2012
    Nelson & Lawless
    Nelson & Lawless | Terry Nelson
    Forever. It will count as a prior for only ten years. 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 next year. 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 specifically does NOT restore firearms rights lost due to felony conviction. 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.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 3/21/2012
    Lawrence Lewis
    Lawrence Lewis | Lawrence Lewis, PC
    It will be on your record forever.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 3/21/2012
    The Law Offices of Harold L. Wallin | Harold L. Wallin
    Forever. DUIs in Illinois cannot be expunged. However, DUI supervisions are not on your public driving record.
    Answer Applies to: Illinois
    Replied: 3/21/2012
    Betts Legal Services
    Betts Legal Services | Shawn M. Betts
    While the period a DWI can be used to enhance a new charge to a more serious level is 10 years, DWI convictions remain on your record permanently. They do not drop off, and cannot be expunged.
    Answer Applies to: Minnesota
    Replied: 3/21/2012
    DeVito & Visconti, PA
    DeVito & Visconti, PA | John E DeVito
    In Massachusetts criminal offenses remain on your record forever. You can petition the court to seal your record at any time if your reason outweights the public right to know. You can wait 5 years and seal a DUI case administratively in Massachusetts through the Commissioner of Probation.
    Answer Applies to: Massachusetts
    Replied: 3/20/2012
    Law Office of Edward J. Blum
    Law Office of Edward J. Blum | Edward J. Blum
    10 years.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 3/20/2012
    Law Office of Jeff Yeh
    Law Office of Jeff Yeh | Jeff Yeh
    Until the day you die and thereafter. That is of course, unless you have it expunged after you finish with probation.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 3/20/2012
    Ellman and Ellman PC
    Ellman and Ellman PC | Kevin Ellmann
    Likely, forever. There is no set period of time in Colorado that DUI fall off of your traffic record.
    Answer Applies to: Colorado
    Replied: 3/20/2012
    Law Office of Joe Dane
    Law Office of Joe Dane | Joe Dane
    It stays on your criminal record indefinitely, even if you get it "expunged". You can seek an expungement after you're off probation, but it remains on your record, just with a notation that it was subsequently dismissed. It will stay on your DMV record for 10 years, regardless of expungements or not.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 3/20/2012
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