How Do I Look Up a DUI Record?
There are 3 ways to look at court records:
1. Go to your local courthouse and request to look at paper records.
2. Go to the courthouse and look at electronic court records.
3. If your court offers it, you may request remote access to electronic records over the Internet.
How Long Does a DUI Stay on Your Record?
In most states, a DUI conviction remains on your driving record for up to 10 years and is viewable by the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and law enforcement during that time period.
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Can I Have My DUI Expunged?
DUI convictions are one of the most common criminal offenses in the United States. A DUI can cause long-lasting problems in employment, licensing, and quality of life. Having your DUI expunged can help mitigate this mistake.
Contrary to popular belief, a DUI conviction does not automatically 'drop off' your criminal record after a period of time. Clearing the DUI conviction requires a petition in court, or it will stay on your record indefinitely.
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How to Expunge DUI Conviction
You are eligible to apply for an expungement at the end of your probation term, although there may be a 'waiting period' in some states. You must have fulfilled all terms of your probation.
The law allows a motion for early termination of probation in DUI cases, but that is generally a difficult task as most states require a minimum of 3-year probation, and most judges and prosecutors do not want to appear 'soft' on DUI cases.
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Does a DUI Appear on a Background Check?
Driving under the influence is considered a criminal act in all 50 U.S. states. Both misdemeanor and felony DUI charges are prosecuted in court. A conviction for any DUI will be reported on your criminal record, which means that a DUI conviction will appear on your background check.
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Disclosing DUI Convictions on Applications
Even without a background check, you are expected to provide truthful answers regarding your criminal history when filling out a job application. In most cases, there will be a section that allows you to list any crime that you've been convicted of.
Lying about your record on your application is not recommended. Many organizations will run a background check and discover whether or not you were telling the truth. In other situations, the HR department may simply search your name on the internet to learn more about your criminal history.
In either case, organizations are unlikely to hire an employee who lied on their application.
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