A conviction can remain on your "criminal history" for the rest of your life

Criminal Defense: Hidden Cost of Conviction in Virginia - The Conviction

One of the most obvious but forgotten results of a conviction is the conviction itself. A conviction for nearly every criminal charge, including Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol, will be reported to the National Criminal Information Center and will remain on your "criminal history" for the rest of your life! This means that any organization that conducts a background check on you will see the conviction. This happens even if you plead to a reduced charge. Don’t be fooled by accepting a plea deal because it seems to be the easiest route right now. A criminal conviction can haunt you for decades by preventing employment, making it more difficult to obtain an apartment to rent, and otherwise holding you back with a host of other consequences.