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How long does a DUI stay on your record if you do the diversion program in California?

Redwood City, CA |

Does it matter if it is drug DUI or alcohol DUI?

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  1. A DUI stays permanently on your driving record in California... there is no "diversion program" that relates to a DUI. Perhaps you are doing a diversion program in order to avoid being convicted of a drug offense. The completion of such a drug diversion program will result the drug offense being dismissed, but not the DUI.

  2. The DUI stays on your record forever. It will last 10 years on the DMV record. There is no diversion for a DUI in California.

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  3. There is no diversion for a DUI in CA. You likely are referring to the first offender program which is usually a probation term and is required for you to get a full driving privilege back from the DMV.

    The conviction stays on your record forever and is priorable for 10 years.

    You may be able to expunge/dismiss your case when you are off probation.

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