How long will a DUI stay on my criminal record?

On Behalf of | May 26, 2023 | Drunk driving

Drivers would generally do well to not underestimate the impacts of DUI charges and convictions. Aside from its immediate penalties, a DUI can stay on your criminal and driving records and have long-term consequences.

What are the effects of a DUI?

In Virginia, the consequences of a DUI might include fines, driver’s license suspensions and jail time, depending on several factors – including repeat offenses. And because a DUI is a misdemeanor, it will likely appear on your criminal and driving records. These records are often public and available to various parties like:

  • Universities
  • Property owners
  • Potential employers
  • Car insurance providers
  • Immigration departments

A DUI arrest might therefore limit your ability to study, secure a home or find a job in the future. It might also increase your car insurance premium.

Can I erase a DUI from my records?

Misdemeanors usually stay in a person’s criminal record indefinitely. However, you might be able to expunge a DUI from your history if you meet the following requirements.

  • The court acquitted you.
  • Authorities dismissed your charges.
  • You obtained a nolle prosequi, which happens when the prosecution decides to not proceed with the case for several reasons, such as a lack of evidence.

Expungement generally removes the DUI from your criminal record. Usually, this means that background checks will yield no evidence or records of the arrest.

What else should I know?

Avoiding a DUI charge or conviction is generally the best way to avoid its lasting and far-reaching consequences. If you feel you are the subject of an erroneous charge, an experienced DUI lawyer can help you build a solid defense, protect your rights and avoid having a DUI arrest reflect on your criminal and driving records.