Drinking and driving stands as one of the most severe decisions you could ever make in your life. Not only does it put others at risk of harm or even death, but it also places your own life in jeopardy.

Aside from the dangers of drinking and driving, a conviction in Michigan can flip your world upside down.

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There is often a bit of confusion regarding Michigan's drinking and driving laws. Some people are under the impression that if convicted of driving while under the influence, the charge comes off your record after a period of time.

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

If convicted of driving under the influence in the state of Michigan, the charge will stay on your record for life.

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According to Freedman Law Group,  in Michigan, a DUI is typically classified as a misdemeanor; however, accumulating multiple DUI convictions could lead to being labeled a "habitual violator." Furthermore, a third arrest for drunk driving may elevate the charge to a felony offense.

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Yes, a DUI conviction will remain on your record forever. However, thanks to the 2021 Clean Slate Bill some permanent criminal records may be expunged under certain circumstances.

According to Kelly Kelly Law, anyone with ONE DUI on their record may qualify for expungement. Of course, there are application requirements to clear the conviction off your record.

How Long Does a DUI Affect Your Insurance?

While a DUI conviction will stay on your record for life, that's not the same case when it comes to your insurance.

The impact on your insurance rates may vary depending on the insurance company's policies and the severity of the offense. According to WalletHub, a DUI can affect insurance for up to 7-10 years. Now keep in mind that it all depends on how far back the insurance company looks at a driver's record.

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