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How long does a DUI or OVI stay on your record?

On Behalf of | Jan 9, 2021 | DUI / OVI

Driving under the influence of alcohol or any other drug is not only illegal in Ohio but also in every other state in the country. However, the severity of the penalty varies in each state. The punishment varies depending on your blood alcohol content. Since it is a criminal offense, a DUI will reflect in your criminal record and background checks. Even after you pay the fines or serve jail time, the crime will still reflect in your records.

How long does a DUI stay in your driving record?

A DUI or OVI conviction will reflect in your driving record for 11 years. Thus, if you are convicted for a second or third time, the judge will see the previous conviction. In some instances, this can affect the outcome of your case, making the penalties more severe. Fines, jail time and license suspension are the main punishments for a DUI or OVI. When arrested for a second time, a judge may impose a stricter fine or jail time.

Depending on the state, a DUI conviction will deduct points from your driver’s license. To add points back to your driver’s license, some states offer an improvement seminar after a particular duration of time.

How long does a DUI stay on a criminal record?

First- or second-time DUI offenders are mainly charged with a Class 1 misdemeanor. Since a misdemeanor is a criminal charge, it will permanently reflect on your criminal record. Thus, a DUI conviction can affect your chances of getting a home or a job. The conviction can only be removed from your record when proven that it was a wrongful conviction. Additionally, if the charge is dismissed, it is automatically removed from your criminal record.

An attorney may help you defend a DUI or OVI charge. This legal professional may help you understand your rights and ensure that they are protected throughout the process.