16 years ago, you could plea nolo to avoid any license suspension, but otherwise it was the same as a guilty plea, which was a conviction. This is on your record, the record will never expire, and it will show up on a background check. The only thing time does in these cases is that getting another DUI would not be counted as a second DUI in a 5 year period for enhanced punishment purposes.
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It will always show on your drivers history and never be removed. The only way it would not show on a background check is if you were not fingerprinted or photographed when booked in to the jail. it would also depend if the clerk forwarded the plea to the Georgia Public Safety but they most always do. you need to have a background check to make sure.
A conviction for DUI will NEVER expire or be removed from your criminal history. The laws in Georgia do not allow a conviction to be Expunged from your criminal history and it will not be removed after a certain period of time. The only way to prevent a DUI from appearing on your criminal history is to NOT BE CONVICTED IN THE FIRST PLACE! Your best defense is to retain the best DUI Defense Attorney that is available to you and aggressively defend yourself!!! I know this isn't the answer you were looking for but it is accurate. Good Luck!!! George McCranie IV www.mccranielawfirm.com
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