Are DUI Charges Removed From Your Record After 7 Years?

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Many people believe that charges of driving under the influence (DUI) disappear from a driving or criminal record after so many years. This is a common belief, but one that is also false.

State Laws

DUI laws vary by state; in one state a DUI charge might actually be expunged from a driving record after seven or 10 years if an individual doesn't have any other charges during that time. Other states do not have any such laws, and in those states, a DUI could remain on the driving record for far longer, if not permanently.

Permanent Default

Some states operate with a "permanent default" mindset when it comes to DUIs. In this case, a DUI will never be removed from a driving record regardless of the length of time.

Expunging a DUI

Individuals who want to challenge a previous DUI conviction can sometimes challenge to expunge their records of a DUI by hiring an attorney and challenging the mark. Individual state laws, circumstances and ability of the attorney will determine whether or not this course of action is feasible.


About the Author

Monty Dayton is a professional freelance writer who has worked for the ACLU, Touchstone Publishing LLC, the University of Alaska, Fairbanks and many other employers. He holds a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from the University of Alaska and loves writing about travel, the outdoors and health topics.

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