If you were arrested for
driving under the influence (DUI) in Orange County, you may be wondering how long a DUI stays on someone’s
driving record. You may also be curious to know if there’s anything
that you can do to get the DUI off your record before the 10-year mark.
First off, let us explain how California DUIs affect your driving record.
As of January 1, 2007, once a person gets a DUI conviction, it will show
on their record for 10 years from the date of the violation – no
This means that the 10-year reporting period applies to
all drivers, even people who drive a taxi, a bus, a commercial truck, or another vehicle
for a living. It doesn’t matter if you maintain a spotless record
thereafter, the DUI conviction still remains on your driving record for 10 years.
Can I get my DUI expunged?
If you have completed your probation, you can request an expungement, but
it won’t remove the DUI from your record. You can file for an expungement
on the DUI, but know that it will
not be erased from your criminal record; all that will do is show that your
case has been dismissed.
Even if your DUI is dismissed, it won’t change your DMV record. Additionally,
if you are arrested for a second DUI within 10 years, you will be subject
to enhanced penalties. This is not changed by an expungement.
Why it May Be Worth It
Is it worth it to apply for an expungement? Yes, it still is, especially
if you’re concerned that a DUI can have a negative impact on your
employment. If your case is dismissed, then that means that employers
cannot use the DUI when making hiring decisions. It also shows that you
are doing everything possible to address the situation and resolve it legally.
Of course, the best solution is to fight your charges and avoid a DUI conviction
in the first place.
Do you have further questions? Or, do you want to fight your DUI charges?
Contact the Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry, Inc. to request a
free consultation with an
Orange County DUI lawyer. As a
Board Certified expert in DUI defense, Attorney Landry can protect your best interests!