Criminal Records and DMV Records

Expunging (Clearing) a Criminal Record

Most drunk driving convictions are misdemeanors (involving no injury). But any person convicted of drunk driving – misdemeanor or felony – will have a subsequent criminal record. This record can affect an individual’s life in many ways, including his/her chances for employment.

There is a common misconception that a drunk driving conviction will only remain on your record for five, seven or ten years. The truth is that drunk driving conviction will remain on your criminal record indefinitely. It will remain there forever for employers, credit bureaus, and government agencies to see unless YOU do something to change it.

Checking Your Driving / DMV Record

Driving records may include information about specific violations, license restrictions, class of license, convictions, and insurance cancellations.

Criminal records include a history of felony and misdemeanor criminal actions brought to the attention of the court, but do not necessarily represent an individual’s total criminal history (for example, if a DUI charge has been expunged). These records generally include name, date of birth, charge description and disposition of the case(s).

Your criminal (court) and driving (DMV) records can be checked by other individuals and organizations to help determine your eligibility for things such as employment and insurance. A blemish on either the court or DMV record can damage your chances of being hired / approved or, in the case of auto insurance, it can raise the prices / premiums available to you. The court and the DMV keep separate records of offenses such as DUI / DWI. It is in your best interest to know what is on both your court and DMV records.