How long will a DUI stay on my Florida driving record? South Florida DUI Attorney Explains

The state of Florida has very strict laws when it comes to driving under the influence of alchol or drugs. Individuals who are convicted face fines, loss of licensure, and jail time—even for first-time offenses. The rules are similarly harsh when it comes to your driving and criminal record.

Expunging or Sealing Your DUI Conviction in Florida

A DUI conviction in Florida will stay on your criminal history forever and cannot be expunged or sealed. A Florida DUI conviction will also stay on your Florida driver’s license for 75 years.

Additionally, the state prohibits the withholding of adjudication in these cases. In some states, it is possible to avoid a formal conviction by completing some form of punishment; while the charge is not dropped, it does not appear as a conviction on one’s record. While Florida permits withholding of adjudication for some offenses, intoxicated driving offenses are not included.

Ramifications of a Florida DUI Conviction on Your Permanent Record

All this means that a Florida DUI conviction can follow you for the rest of your life. Even years later, it can make it difficult to:

  • Obtain employment
  • Maintain employment
  • Obtain professional licensure
  • Obtain certain types of insurance
  • Obtain approval for housing

An Experienced South Florida DUI Attorney Can Help Fight Your DUI Charge Today

Because Florida has such harsh DUI penalties in terms of fines, jail time and more; it is important to take action as soon as possible after a DUI arrest. Because the charge cannot be removed or hidden, it is best to have the offense dropped or reduced right at the start. An experienced Florida DUI attorney understands what is at stake and can help you effectively fight your charge and protect your future.

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At Rossen Law Firm, DUI lawyer and former state prosecutor Adam Rossen and his partner, former public defender Manny Serra-Jovenich, have helped many individuals all over Broward County and South Florida obtain the best available legal outcomes. Call Adam today at his office nearest you to learn more about how he may be able to help and to schedule a free strategy session.

Our Free strategy sessions go above and beyond free consultations. We take the time to hear your side of the story, the details of your case, and we let you know in that very first meeting the strategy we’d put into action to defend your case if you hire our team. 

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Florida DUI convictions and driving privileges for first, second, third and fourth DUI explained in an infographic

Florida DUI fines and fees in Fort Lauderdale, Sunrise, Boca Raton and South Florida Criminal DUI defense attorney

An infographic explains Florida DUI jail and prison penalties for first, second, third and fourth DUIs in Fort Lauderdale, Sunrise, Boca Raton and South Florida Criminal DUI defense attorney