Well, in Washington State, a DUI conviction stays on your record forever, but is most dangerous to you for 7 years – for purposes of any repeat DUI charge(s) from the date of arrest, triggering mandatory substantially enhanced jail time, fines and driver’s license suspensions. However, DUI convictions, deferred prosecutions, and any conviction of a reduced charge that started out being filed as a DUI stays on your record permanently, as stated, because these cannot ever be expunged or vacated. For that reason, call me right away and let’s see what I can do for you to try to prevent and avoid conviction. It’s not possible in every case but these charges must always be aggressively fought and contested. Dismissal is always the first goal in every case.