How long will a DUI / DWI stay on my record, counting as a prior offense?

Question

I just received my second driving under the influence (DUI) conviction. Although my first DUI conviction was eight years ago, when I was 21, I'm worried that my prior conviction will affect my sentencing. How long does a prior DUI conviction stay on my record and count as a second offense?

Answer

While DUI / DWI laws vary from state to state, you can count on a DUI / DWI staying on your record for at least five years. However, in many states, any prior DUI / DWI conviction can affect your sentencing, even if it was 20 years ago.

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