Our office is often contacted by people inquiring as to how long a Colorado DUI conviction will stay on your driving record. The answer is: FOREVER.
Unlike a personal credit report where negative information automatically drops off your file after a number of years, a DUI or DWAI conviction in the state of Colorado is a permanent part of your Colorado driving record.
That is why it is so important to aggressively contest any Colorado DUI or DWAI charge immediately upon arrest. In addition to the very real possibility of jail time and heavy fines, a DUI/DWAI conviction will mean that you will have to obtain SR-22 (High-risk) auto insurance for three years. Good luck renting a car during that period, or obtaining employment with any company that pulls up your driving record as part of the screening process.
We urge all Colorado residents never to operate a motor vehicle after you have been drinking. The consequences of doing so are simply too great to risk. If you do find yourself arrested on a DUI or DUID charge in Colorado, exercise your constitutional right to remain silent and immediately consult with an experienced lawyer for DUI cases.
It’s important to note that Colorado’s new record sealing laws DO NOT allow DUI convictions to be sealed. So if you have a prior record of DUI arrests, then it will stay on your record. While expunging or clearing a criminal record doesn’t erase a previous DUI arrest, it does reduce your overall criminal history and makes your background report cleaner.
Expungement, unlike record sealing, is a process in which you are attempting to erase any records that contain criminal information from your driving record. In order for this to be completed successfully, there must be a conviction, and judgments against you in civil court. If your criminal record isn’t expunged, then it remains on your record for the life of your criminal conviction.