Many people want to know how long a DUI conviction stays on their record. The answer to this question varies widely, as it depends on which record you are speaking of and what state you get pulled over in for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. In the State of Virginia, there are two records to be aware of - your criminal record and your DMV record.
If you are arrested and convicted of a DUI in Virginia, the DUI will stay on your criminal record forever, as a DUI conviction is a criminal offense. This means that law officers can see this record anytime they pull you over on the roads.
Also, if you apply for another job, attempt to adopt a child, or apply for anything with a background check, a criminal record will display under your name.
In addition, if you are convicted of a Virginia DUI, your conviction will stay on your DMV record for eleven years and is attached to a six point violation on your driver license.
Rumors About Getting Your DUI Expunged
There are many rumors about getting your DUI expunged. While some states allow a DUI to be expunged from your record, Virginia isn't one of them. In Virginia, the only way you can get your DUI expunged is if you are proven innocent or if you were wrongly accused of the crime.
If you are arrested for a DUI in Northern Virginia, don't try and handle this on your own. Driving under the influence is a serious criminal offense in this state, and you will need someone on your side to make sure you have a fair shot at getting your fees and charges lessened.
Contact the Wilson Law Firm and speak with attorney T. Kevin Wilson, an experienced Northern Virginia DUI defense lawyer. Call toll free at (800) DUI - LWYR or (703) 361-6100 and get your legal questions answered. We will fight hard for your rights. Also, visit our website and download your FREE copy of DUI/DWI Arrest Survival Guide - The Guilt Myth, written by attorney T. Kevin Wilson. Read this book and avoid common mistakes that could hurt your case.