How Long Does a DUI Remain on Your Record?

A DUI conviction on a criminal record can have a significant impact on an individual's ability to find a job or affordable car insurance. Given the severity of the crime, it makes sense that those who have been convicted of DUI would be concerned with how their criminal record might impact their future.

Much like a person's credit, a DUI record can become less severe over time. A DUI conviction that happened recently may have a greater impact on a person's life than one that happened five or 10 years ago. A repeat DUI offense, for example, may carry more severe penalties if the previous DUI occurred within the last few years. Insurance rates may also begin to drop after years of responsible driving following a DUI.

It is important to note that a DUI conviction does not automatically drop off your record. Most states want the DUI to stay with you for an indefinite amount of time; however, the situation isn't something that cannot be remedied. There may be steps you can take to improve your circumstances.

To talk with a DUI lawyer near you about your criminal record and your legal options, simply fill out the brief form below.

Will Can Expungement Do For Me?

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Expungement is a legal process that allows an individual to have certain crimes removed from his or her's public record. If your state allows for expungement of DUIs, to accomplish this goal, you will have to meet your state's eligibility requirements and will need to go through both the criminal court system as well as the Department of Motor Vehicles.

Alternative Options

Expungement is the only way that a DUI may be erased from public record; however, there are other options available.

Over time, a DUI can have less impact. So if you do not continue to drive under the influence and you are respectful of the laws going forward, the DUI will stay on your record, but its effect on your future may be less prominent.

Many employers only look at the past few years on a potential candidate's record, which can also make the DUI less of a liability as well.

Connect with an Attorney In Your Area Today

Expungement is considered a legal procedure; however, you don't need to navigate the process on your own! If you would like to find out more information on removing a DUI from your record, you can connect with a DUI attorney in your state right away.

If you are currently facing DUI charges and concerned about the long-term effects of a DUI conviction, an attorney can help you prepare a defense to the charges against you or help determine if pleading to reduced charges is a possibility.

Connecting with a local attorney for a free consultation is easy. Just fill out the form below to begin this quick, no-obligation process now.

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