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

Asked almost 2 years ago - Redwood City, CA

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

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  1. George B. O'Neill


    Contributor Level 13


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    Answered . 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. Robert Laurens Driessen

    Contributor Level 20


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    Answered . 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.

    Mr. Driessen is a former Deputy DA in Orange County with over 8 years of criminal law experience. Nothing stated... more
  3. John W Stanko

    Contributor Level 10


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    Answered . 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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