How many years does a DUI stay on your record in California?
Friday, September 7, 2012
Once you’ve been convicted of a DUI. you may dread having to show your DUI record to anyone who requests your driving record. It can make life difficult when you’re applying for a job that requires a driving record check or when you’re trying to get a new car insurance policy.
While many people believe that a DUI will automatically fall off of a driving record after a specific amount of time, that’s simply not true. Many states have laws that will keep a DUI on your driving record for a specific number of years. However, you may have a DUI remain on your driving record indefinitely. If you were convicted of a DUI a few years ago it is important to check your driving record to see if your DUI is still showing up on your driving record.
You may be able to have a DUI expunged from your driving record depending on the state laws where you live. In order to remove a DUI, you’ll need to speak with the Department of Motor Vehicles. If you’re having trouble navigating the system, you may want to hire an attorney to help clean up your record. An experienced DUI attorney will know how best to help you achieve your goal of a clean driving record.
While DUI / DWI laws vary from state
to state, you can count on a DUI / DWI staying on your record for at least five years. However, in many states, any prior DUI / DWI conviction can affect your sentencing, even if it was 20 years ago.
So what is the California Law?
In California, you can get a DUI (also known as driving under the influence, or drunk driving) if you drive with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08% or higher, regardless of whether your driving ability was actually impaired. Here are some details on the consequences of drinking and driving.
Here are the jail times:
1. First offense: 4 days
2. Second offense: 90 days
3. 3rd offense: 120 days
How long does it stay on your record: In California, prior DUI convictions stay on your record (and can be counted against you when you are being sentenced for another DUI/DWI offense) for 10 years.
Alta Vista Insurance Agency hopes that the community makes great effort in keeping the roads safe. Recently, we have made efforts to inform our community about the dangers of texting and driving, and now we stand to keep drunk drivers off the highways. If everyone follows the rules of the highway, California Auto Insurance premiums will be significantly less. It’s a win-win not to drink and drive, California!
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