DUI records include information about a person's arrest, detention, trial, conviction, sentence, and similar aspects of a DUI criminal offense. DUI records are the criminal and department of motor vehicle (DMV) reports indicating that a person has been convicted of the crime of driving under the influence. DUI records are typically registered in both criminal databases and DMV systems for years after a conviction. This can have a number of negative implications for a person who has been convicted of a DUI crime. DUI records can be accessed by a number of parties which can alter their dealings with the person with a prior DUI conviction.
DUI records stay on a person's criminal record permanently in most cases. Criminal DMV records can be accessed by several interested parties which can do serious harm to a person who has been convicted of a DUI offense. Current and prospective employers can access a person's criminal record and find DUI records. Some employers who find DUI records will choose not to hire a prospective employee, fire a current one, or otherwise restrict a person's employment opportunities.
DUI records can also be accessed by schools, military organizations, and professional licensing agencies. When a university accesses a person's DUI records, they may choose not to accept them for a program or prohibit them from other opportunities. A person's rights may also be negatively affected when military organizations and professional licensing agencies obtain information from DUI records.
DUI records can also remain on a person's DMV record for years. The number of years that DUI records remain depends on the specific jurisdiction and facts of the case. In some states DUI records will stay for a certain number of years, then be erased. DMV-registered DUI records can be accessed by insurance companies, thus causing significant detriment to a person with DUI records. In light of DUI records, an insurance company can drastically increase premiums, drop a person's coverage, or refuse to provide insurance to a person altogether. DUI records can prevent a person from being able to obtain affordable auto or other insurance.
DUI records can be erased, or expunged, in certain situations. DUI records will not automatically disappear from a person's criminal record, but there are legal steps that a person can take to erase DUI records. Each state has their own laws regarding who is eligible for the expungement of DUI records. In many states, DUI records can be expunged after the defendant fulfills the conditions of their probation and completes all court ordered requirements. Expungement is not automatic and must be requested via court petition. A legal expert is a person's best asset in facilitating the expungement of DUI records.
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