How Long Does a DUI Stay on My Record?

How Long Does a DUI Stay on My Record?

Driving under the influence (DUI) can bring feelings of guilt and remorse. A conviction can negatively impact a person’s life and alter the driving record. The personal consequences to oneself and others are far greater for a person who drinks and drives than one who plans ahead and takes responsibility. Find out how a DUI affects a person’s record long term and what to do about it if it happens.



In 2009, it was estimated 1.4 million drivers were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotics. In all 50 states, the Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) was at .08% as the legal limit for personal drivers and .04% for commercial drivers. For people under age 21, states also have a zero tolerance limit. Any alcohol found in a person’s system can be arrested.



Driving under the influence is a serious crime which can affect a person’s life in myriad ways. Some of the ramifications are not known right away and may happen over the course of time. The following are just some of the possible consequences:

  • Employment restriction with certain industries or jobs
  • Family embarrasment
  • Financial problems
  • Higher insurance costs
  • Loss of employment
  • Personal embarrassment



The best way to prevent a DUI from occurring is to consider some of the following steps. It may not be apparent an individual has a drinking problem. First, try to cut back on the amount of alcohol consumed. If this does not seem possible, it may be time to seek help. Some of the best ways to reduce a person’s chances of getting another DUI can include:


  • Taking alternative forms of transportation. When drinking, plan ahead and have the numbers of taxi cabs, friends and designated drivers with to ensure a safe arrival home
  • Sleeping off the drinking episode is the best way to make sure a DUI does not happen. Stay with a friend, get a hotel room or get a ride home from a friend.
  • Call a friend. Even if it is embarrassing, the risk is worth it to realize personal safety and that of others was not worth risking.


Updated, valid car insurance is required of all citizens with motor vehicles. Make sure the information is up to date for any car being driven and take responsibility for personal choices. Planning ahead can prevent risky behavior from taking place, but so can being responsible by not drinking and driving. If drinking has become a problem, seek professional help.


If you or a loved one have had a DUI or feel drinking has gotten out of hand, treatment may be the next best step. Call The Villa to find out how we can help you get sober and put your life back on track.