According to Georgia State law, the punishments involved with a driving
under the influence (DUI) conviction can escalate depending on how many
prior convictions you have on your record. How long a conviction will
stay on your record is sometimes known as a "lookback period"
and is a full
10 years in Georgia. That means the DUI conviction you got in 2009 can still haunt
you until 2019.
While many states leave DUI convictions on records for only five years,
Georgia's duration is twice as long. The idea is that a greater lookback
period will deter drunk driving even more while also supplying the state
with more money through steeper fines, if someone is convicted consecutively.
It should be noted, however, that if another criminal act was involved
with your DUI arrest, it could remain permanently on your record as an
attachment to that other violation.
Expungements and Record Sealing
Depending on the circumstances of your arrest or conviction, you can actually
take steps to erase a mark on your record prematurely. In a process known as
expungement, a DUI lawyer can work to have the charge entirely removed from your record,
meaning that it will not be eligible for consideration during any lookback
periods. If you cannot have it eliminated, you can also move to have your
criminal record sealed. This means that anyone interested in your history
– such as employers or educational groups – will be unable
to see the conviction.
If you have been convicted of a DUI in Georgia and would like to get it
contact a Savannah DUI attorney from The Schneider Law Firm today. We can help you clear your name and
even fight any subsequent DUI charges you might currently be facing!