If you’re convicted of
DUI, your life is going to change in many ways. In the short term, you’re
looking at fines, community service, AA meetings, DUI classes, and three
years of probation. In addition to dealing with all of that, your auto
insurance will be affected because you’ll be considered a “high
Beyond the above consequences, you’ll be living in the shadow of
your DUI for years to come. For starters, the DUI will remain on your
DMV record for the next 10 years. That means that if you get another DUI
within 10 years, your original DUI will be treated as a “prior”
offense and you will face enhanced penalties for any subsequent DUI.
What about my criminal record?
While a DUI drops off your driving record after 10 years that is NOT the
case with your criminal record. Since California treats DUIs as serious
crimes, any third-party background check ran by a prospective employer
will turn up any DUI convictions, regardless of how long it’s been.
DUIs stay on criminal records indefinitely.
Your future employer may care whether that DUI was merely an
arrest or if it was a conviction.
If you were arrested for DUI but you hired a good defense attorney who
got the DUI charge dismissed, then your record will indicate that the
charge was dropped, and this can make a huge difference in whether you
land a job or not.
Fighting Your DUI Charges
Depending on the industry that you are in, a DUI conviction can be a career
death sentence, especially if you drive a commercial vehicle for a living,
you drive clients around, or you work in a profession that requires a
Many licensing authorities will deny or revoke a professional license if
a person is convicted of a crime, including DUI. A DUI can damage a career
in education, medicine, the trucking industry and in many other professions,
so it is definitely worth fighting.
If you’re concerned about having a DUI show up on your criminal background
check and negatively affecting your employment opportunities, your best
bet is to fight your DUI charges in an effort to avoid a conviction in
the first place.
To fight your charges,
contact the Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry, Inc. to work with one of Orange
top DUI defense firms – home of the