How long does a DUI stay on your permanent record?

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DUI LawyerHow long does a DUI stay on your permanent record?

A DUI can stay on a person’s criminal record forever but the answer to this question is really not that simple. Driving under the influence (DUI) and driving while intoxicated (DWI) laws and charges differ from state to state. If you are asking this question because you or someone you are close to has been arrested on one of these charges, the best place to get a concrete answer to your question is from a reputable lawyer who is licensed to practice in the state where the DUI charge was made.

Cohen & Cohen is a law firm located in Washington DC that handles DUI cases in DC, Maryland, Virginia and the surrounding areas. We have many years of experience successfully fighting to make sure that the rights of our clients are upheld. We are ready to fight fiercely for you while treating you with compassion and respect. If we do not have a lawyer who is especially suited to help you to fight for your rights to be upheld, we would like to try to help you to find one who is. We are available to take phone calls any time of the day or night, 365 days a year. We would like the opportunity to hear your story and to give you a free case evaluation.

Driving while intoxicated kills innocent people and can cause severe injuries to those affected by an accident involving an intoxicated driver. An unfortunate reality nonetheless is that many people are wrongly charged with DUIs and DWIs because of errors in science and in human behavior. We do not think that people who are wrongly charged with a DUI or DWI should have this scourge on their DMV record or a criminal charge on their permanent records. We do not think that people who are facing the harsh charges of a DUI or DWI should be facing them alone. If you have been charged with driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, you may find it helpful to discuss your situation with a lawyer who has experience in successfully defending individuals who have been arrested for DUIs and DWIs. He or she will likely be able to give you the concrete answers you are looking for.

In many states, when a person is charged with a DUI/DWI, they face both civil and criminal penalties. The civil penalties are typically carried out by the Department of Motor Vehicles (or the similar agency that may be called a different name in the state you live). An individual who is involved in an accident with an intoxicated person may also be able to bring a civil suit against the driver. The other penalties are criminal ones which are handled by the court in the jurisdiction that the DUI/DWI charge is made.

Penalties for DUI/DWIs may include but are not limited to, driver’s license suspension, jail time, probation, increased insurance rates, fines and ignition locking devices for a restricted driver’s license.

If you are looking for the length of time a DUI or DWI charge will stay on your permanent record, a good place to start is by contacting one of the reliable lawyers at Cohen & Cohen, today.

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