How Long Does a DUI Stay on Your Record in Colorado?

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Negosentro.comWhen you have been convicted of a DUI in Colorado, it is obvious that you have made a mistake in judgement. However, you certainly do not want that error to follow you for a long period of time by remaining on your record. There are various harmful impacts to you that go along with having a criminal conviction on your record so, naturally, you will want to know how long the DUI will remain with you on your record so you can go on with your life.

Ramifications of a DUI on Your Record

There are several different ramifications that go along with having a DUI on your record. Since a DUI is a criminal conviction, it could impact you when it comes to applying to certain sensitive jobs. Granted, you will have to disclose convictions even if they are no longer on your record, but having an active criminal record may make it even more difficult to land certain types of jobs. This is even more so if the job requires any type of driving. Any profession that requires you to operate a motor vehicle will likely want to check your driving record ahead of time. In addition, a DUI conviction will also impact your driving record in multiple respects. 

How a DUI Stays on Your Record

In Colorado, a DUI will stay on your driving record in two ways. The first is that it will be noted on your actual records and will stay there for ten years. In addition, a DUI will lead to the assessment of 12 points on your record. These points will stay on your driving record for two years. The effect of the points on your driving record is that there will be an immediate suspension of your driver’s license regardless of whether it is only the first offense. Generally, the driver’s license will be suspended for about a year, but some drivers may have their privileges reinstated earlier in certain circumstances. 

Under most circumstances, a DUI will almost always stay on your criminal record, even if it has been removed from your driving record. In Colorado, there are no circumstances absent a successful appeal or overturning the verdict that will result in a removal of the DUI from your criminal record. Even if there is a deferred prosecution agreement, the criminal charges will still remain with you no matter what. Also, even if the conviction is removed from your criminal record, courts will still be able to find it if they need to look back in the event of a subsequent DUI conviction. This means that, if there is a second DUI, the driver will most likely not be able to have their license suspension ended earlier than the mandated period. As a result, the criminal conviction will still impact you because it will show up whenever there is a background check or a check of the driving record. However, a DUI will not mean that you are unemployable in many professions.

Auto Insurance Costs will Increase

So long as a DUI is on your driving record, your auto insurance will become considerably more expensive. This makes sense given the risk that is posed even from one DUI conviction. Even after the points are removed from your driving record and you are able to drive again unencumbered, the DUI conviction will still raise your costs of driving. While the DUI will not stay on your driving record forever, it will remain there for a period of ten years. Insurances are able to see this and will charge you higher rates than they otherwise would. 

  • Colorado is actually one of the more reasonable states when it comes to how much your car insurance will increase after a DUI. In many states, your insurance premium will double or triple after a DUI. In Colorado, your insurance will go up, but to a lesser extent. Most insurances in Colorado will charge you 50-70% more with a DUI on your record. Some insurers will be more willing to work with those who have had a DUI and will not raise your rates as much, but it is important to shop around for the best deal when contacting insurance companies.

Other Impacts of Having a DUI 

Beyond raising the costs of driving and making it harder to find a job, there are other impacts of having a DUI on your record. If your job requires a security clearance, there is a chance you could lose it, possibly even on the first offense, but definitely if there are multiple convictions. A DUI on your record will make it more difficult to obtain a security clearance, although you may be able to get one provided that you disclose the conviction before they find it on your record. 

A DUI may also raise the costs of obtaining a life insurance policy, if you are even able to qualify for one. Since it is indicative of risky behavior, a DUI conviction may cause your application for a policy to be rejected. In any event, it will lead to a higher risk scoring which may either limit your coverage or make it more expensive. 

If you have been arrested and charged with DUI, you will want to consult with a Colorado DUI attorney to find out the ramifications of a conviction. Depending on your situation, you may either choose to accept the plea deal that is offered, However, if the consequences of the DUI will impact your ability to earn a living, you will need to clearly think through the effects before you agree to any plea deal.