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How long does a DUI stay on record for the states of Michigan, Illinois and South Carolina? I did a criminal background check on myself and it showed no criminal record.


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In Michigan, most traffic violation convictions stay on your driving record for at least seven years however certain convictions and licensing actions stay on your driving record for at least 10 years. Alcohol violations remain on your record for a minimum of 10 years. A conviction for a fatality remains on your driving record permanently.

In Illinois the IL Secretary of State (SOS) states that moving violations such as speeding, disregarding a traffic control light, improper lane usage, etc. remain on a driver's record for four to five years from the date of conviction. If the ticket forms the basis for a suspension or revocation, the information will be carried on your driving record for a minimum of seven years from the date of reinstatement. Alcohol/drug offenses, such as a DUI, remain on a driver's record for a lifetime in Illinois according to the SOS.

In South Carolina a moving violation remains on your driving record for 3 years from the date that the ticket was issued but since a DUI is more severe of an issue it stays on longer. A first offense for a DUI in SC remains on your driving record for 10 years.

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If you have received tickets and were convicted of driving under the influence (DUI) then it would depend upon each state's law if this would be listed as a criminal act or not. In some states it may be a misdemeanor while in others it could be a felony depending upon all of the circumstances surrounding the DUI.

The information we listed above is in regarding to your driving record in these states and how long a DUI would be listed there. If you are looking into other records to see if you have a criminal record due to the DUIs you have previously received then you may check with the various states' courts to see how long these types of records will maintain information on your DUI convictions.


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