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How Long Does a DUI Stay on Your Record?

Let’s face it, nothing good ever came out of a criminal record. Take a misdemeanor DUI for example: If you’re found guilty, you’ll likely face fines, probation, driver license suspension, DUI School, community service, and possibly jail. Those are just the criminal consequences and they certainly don’t stop there.

A DUI conviction will also affect your auto insurance premiums, it can affect college entrance and scholarships, it can affect professional licenses, housing and employment for years to come. A few facts about DUI that you should know:

  • A DUI is reported on your DMV record for 10 years. Say goodbye to the Good Driver Discount!
  • You must carry an SR22 certificate of liability coverage after a DUI.
  • You could be ordered to install an Ignition Interlock Device (IID) at your own expense.
  • A DUI can bar you from travelling to Canada and Mexico.
  • A recent DUI can affect people who are in a child custody battle.
  • A felony DUI can trigger removal proceedings for non-U.S. citizens.
  • A felony DUI will lead to a lifetime ban on firearms possession.
  • A DUI can lead to the denial of security clearance.

So, in light of the criminal and collateral consequences of a DUI, the question is, “How long does a DUI stay on my record?” Unless a DUI is expunged, it stays on a criminal record indefinitely. This means that it will show up on a person’s employment background checks for years, if not the rest of their life!

What are the Benefits of an Expungement?

In many cases, a DUI will qualify for an expungement under Section 1203.4 of the California Penal Code. When approved by a judge, the DUI is dismissed and the DUI defendant is no longer obligated to disclose their DUI on job applications – that’s a huge plus. The exception is state-issued licenses and teaching credentials.

“What are the requirements for a DUI expungement?” You must have received probation for the DUI and you must have successfully completed your probation term. If you’re ready to leave your DUI in the past where it belongs, contact the Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry, Inc. to work with OC’s DUI Queen!