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how many years will a drink driving conviction stay on

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how many years will a drink driving conviction stay on record and affect a new charge
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Australia Law
Expert:  Brisbane-Lawyer replied 7 years ago.
It will stay on your record permanently, however, after 5 years if you do not have any further brushes with the law in that time, then the conviction becomes spent under the Crimes Act - meaning you are taken not to have committed the offence and therefore you will not have to declare that conviction.

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Customer: replied 7 years ago.
if i had a drink driving conviction of 0.1, 11 years ago, and just got caught driving with a reading of 0.07
will the previous one still count
Expert:  Brisbane-Lawyer replied 7 years ago.
Yes, unfortunately.

New offences which result in a conviction renew previous spent convictions.

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