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
you can do to get the DUI off your record sooner than later.
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 exceptions. This means 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 erase the record of your DUI. In other words, 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 either.
The DMV will continue reporting your DUI for the full 10 years. This means
that for insurance purposes, insurance agents and brokers will see your
DUI until the DMV stops reporting it. 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 an Expungement 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, that means 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!