How long will a DUI stay on my driving record in Virginia?

My friends and I went to Virginia Beach for the weekend, and I made some not-so-great decisions…and ended up with a DUI. How long will this stay on my driving record?

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Answer provided by
Macy Fouse
Answered on Apr 13, 2022
We’re so sorry to hear that! A DUI will stay on your driving record in Virginia for 11 years. This time period is known in Virginia as a “look-back period” or “washout period.” During this time, if you receive another conviction, your penalties will be much more severe. After the look-back period is over, any subsequent charges will be penalized separately from the original DUI conviction.
Unfortunately, a DUI will remain on your criminal record forever, without much chance of expungement. There are some exceptions to this; however, they are few and far between. In most cases, expungement is only a possibility when the driver can prove a wrongful conviction.
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