If you’ve recently been charged with or convicted of a DUI, you probably have a lot of questions about the long-term consequences. From “how long does a DUI stay on my record?” to “how can I get a DUI off my record?” — the list of questions can go on and on.
At TJ Grimaldi, Attorney at Law, we know this is a confusing and complicated time, and we’re here to help you navigate through the difficult questions so you know what to expect in your future.
Below you will find answers to common DUI questions. For specific information about your unique case, please contact our office for your free consultation and speak directly with TJ about the potential impacts of your DUI charge or conviction.
What Does It Mean to Have a DUI on My “Record”?
People often refer to a singular “record” when talking about charges after a DUI. But, what is a “record”?
Most commonly, the “record” refers to your criminal record. Charges on your personal criminal record may show up in background checks when you apply for jobs, seek a professional license, or apply for certain types of insurance or loans.
Another “record” that is affected by a DUI is your driving record. Your driving record impacts how much you pay for auto insurance and whether or not you can get a license.
How Long Does a DUI Stay on My Record in Florida?
The answer to the question, “how long does a DUI stay on my record?” varies by state.
Each state has different DUI laws that affect how long a DUI will stay on your criminal record. In some states, a DUI may only stay on your criminal record for ten years, while in other states, it may stay on your record for life. In Florida, the laws are very strict.
A DUI conviction in Florida stays on your criminal record for 75 years.
The length of time that a DUI can stay on your driving record also varies by state. It can be on your record as short as five years or as long as your lifetime.
In Florida, a DUI conviction will also stay on your driving record for 75 years.
How Does a DUI Impact My Driving Record?
Having a DUI conviction on your driving record in Florida can impact you for years. A DUI conviction can remain on your driving record for 75 years, and the charge can affect whether or not you can obtain or keep a driver’s license.
A DUI can also impact your insurance rates. Insurance companies typically look at the last three to five years of driving history to determine rates. If a DUI conviction occurred during that time-frame, it is likely that insurance rates will be much higher than if no DUI conviction is on the driving record. A DUI conviction on a driving record could cause insurance rates to go up by $5,000 per year.
Can I Get a DUI Off My Criminal Record in Florida?
If you have been convicted of a DUI In Florida, the criminal record cannot be removed or expunged. If you were convicted at trial or plead guilty, the charge will stay on your record for up to 75 years.
If you have been arrested or charged with a DUI in Florida, but not convicted, you have options to get the DUI removed from your record.
This is why it’s important to take your DUI charge seriously from the beginning.
You may be able to get your records sealed or expunged if you can get the case dismissed or dropped to a lesser charge. You may also be able to participate in a pre-trial diversion program which can prevent a conviction.
In both scenarios, you may be able to avoid having a DUI on your criminal or driving record — but you need to work with a criminal defense attorney to take action before you are convicted.
Get All Your DUI Questions Answered
If you want a clean criminal and driving record, it is best to get a DUI charge dismissed or have the charges lessened from the start. It’s your best chance of getting a clean record that won’t impact your life for years to come.
If you’ve been charged with or convicted of a DUI, it helps to have someone experienced with the system guide you through it. Rather than look for answers on your own, you can rely on an experienced DUI attorney who can give you straight answers and identify the best plan of action for your case.
To ensure that you get the best possible outcome after a DUI charge, the team at TJ Grimaldi, Attorney at Law is here to help. If you’re looking for answers, we offer free consultations so we can talk to you about your case and explain how we can help. Don’t go through a DUI charge alone. Contact TJ Grimalid today by calling 813-226-1023 or requesting your free consultation.