A DUI will stay on your record for a long time: 10 years. It’s priorable for 10 years. That means that if you get another DUI in the 10-year period, this first DUI is going to act as a prior conviction, and that’s going to aggravate the new DUI which means that the penalties are going to be greater.
The prosecution is not going to show you any love if you got a prior DUI conviction, so it’s going to be a lot harder to resolve that case. After 10 years, it’s going to wash out which means that it’s no longer priorable that the prosecution cannot use it against you, but it’s still there. The judge can see it. If you have three DUIs, and they’re all outside of 10 years, the judge could still use that as the aggravating factor in sentencing your new DUI. So it’s very important in defending a DUI case to also see what your back record is, as far as prior convictions, to get the best result for you. If you’ve been arrested for DUI, give me a call, and we can examine your background, not to mention the facts of the new DUI because bottom line is we’re trying to get you the best resolution that we can.