A DUI conviction can have lasting effects that extend beyond a fine and jail term. Traffic violations and convictions can remain on your driving record indefinitely, depending on the state you live in. For example, a DUI in New Hampshire and California will stay on your driving record for 10 years. A DUI will stay indefinitely on your driving record in the state of Alaska.
In Colorado, driving records maintained by the Colorado Division of Motor Vehicles reflect the last 7 years of activity. Therefore, it is possible that a DUI stays on your driving on your record for 7 years. In addition, any time your driving record is pulled, it will show the entire 7-year history. For example, if you got a DUI 6 years ago, but kept your driving record clean for the last two years, your report will still show the DUI.
A DUI-tainted driving record can have an impact on how much you pay for insurance. You can go from paying low premiums to premiums three to five times higher when you are convicted for a DUI. You also jeopardize your relationship with your insurance company. An auto insurer can elect to cancel or decide not to renew your policy if you have repeated DUI offenses. You will pay higher premiums for as long the DUI remains on your driving record.
If you’re facing DUI charges, a qualified Colorado DUI attorney can minimize the impact of a DUI on your driving record by assisting you with your defense or negotiating a plea bargain.