It is not uncommon for a DUI suspect to admit guilt so they can pay the fine and get the whole ordeal behind them. However, before taking this route, it helps to understand what a DUI conviction would mean for your criminal and driving record.
According to Virginia DMV, nearly 19,000 individuals are convicted of drunk driving in the state. Of course, having a DUI on your record can impact various aspects of your life, like finding work or renting a property. But, how long will a conviction remain in your record?
DUI and your criminal record
A DUI conviction in Virginia falls under Class 1 Misdemeanor. If you are arrested for drunk driving, your arrest will feature in your arrest record. Should the arrest result in a conviction, then this too will show up in your criminal record. And in Virginia, just like everywhere else, your criminal record is a court record that anyone can search and find.
The Commonwealth of Virginia state has no “washout period” for a criminal conviction. This means that a DUI conviction in Virginia will permanently remain on your criminal record.
DUI and your DMV record
Drunk driving is both a criminal as well as a traffic offense. Thus, alongside a criminal record, a DUI conviction will also feature in your driving record. And this can impact you in the following ways:
- You may lose your driving privileges
- You may have to fit your vehicle with an ignition interlock device
Additionally, a Virginia DUI conviction will earn you six points on your driver’s license, which means that this conviction will remain on your record for up to 11 years.
A Virginia DUI conviction cannot be expunged from your record. Therefore, if you are charged with drunk driving, it is in your best interest that you understand your defense options.