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  • A DUI conviction can affect you and your family in many ways, including license suspension, fines, higher insurance rates, mandatory installation of an ignition interlock device, and jail time.


How long will a DUI conviction stay on my record?


A conviction for DUI in Washington State will not be removed from your criminal record.  Unfortunately, Washington state law does not allow for a DUI to be vacated, or expunged. RCW 9.96.060 provides, in pertinent part, that: An [person] may not have the record of conviction for a misdemeanor or gross misdemeanor offense vacated if...the offense was a violation of RCW 46.61.502 (driving while under the influence), or 46.61.504 (actual physical control while under the influence).

The inability to eventually have your DUI conviction removed from your record is one of many examples of how DUI is a very serious issue when compared to most any other misdemeanor or gross misdemeanor charge.

For example, if you are convicted of Reckless Driving in the state of Washington, RCW 9.96.060 provides that you may apply to the sentencing court for a vacation of the record of your conviction if you have completed all the terms of your sentence and meet the other statutory requirements for vacating records.  The bad news for anyone convicted of DUI in Washington is that the statute explicitly prohibits vacating the record of any conviction for driving under the influence or actual physical control while under the influence.

The Seattle DUI lawyers at Lovik & Juhl, PLLC are dedicated to helping people facing DUI charges throughout King County, including all King County District Courts and Municipal Courts in Kirkland, Bellevue, Redmond, Kent, and all surrounding communities.

For most people charged with a DUI, it is their first contact with the legal system. Once you contact our Seattle DUI lawyers, we will take over your case and begin taking steps to defend you from day one.

Call An Experienced Seattle DUI Lawyer Now At 206-706-2831 for a Free No Hassle Consultation About Your Seattle DUI Case.