The length of time a DWI (Driving While Intoxicated) stays on your record depends on the jurisdiction and the type of record in question. In general, a DWI can remain on your driving record, criminal record, or both for an extended period of time.
Keep in mind that laws and regulations vary by state, so it’s essential to consult with an attorney or research the specific laws in your area.
- Driving Record: A DWI typically stays on your driving record for a specific number of years, depending on your state’s regulations. This period can range from a few years to indefinitely. In some states, like New York, a DWI will stay on your driving record for at least 10 years.
- Criminal Record: A DWI may also be part of your criminal record, which can last indefinitely. In some cases, you might be eligible to have the DWI expunged or sealed from your criminal record after a certain period of time, depending on the jurisdiction and the specifics of your case. An expungement or sealing can make the DWI invisible to most background checks, although it may still be accessible in certain situations, such as when applying for a professional license or a job in law enforcement.
A DWI in New York will remain on your Driver’s Abstract for at least 10 years. It will remain on your criminal record indefinitely. Although sometimes unsuccessful, an Attorney can assist with a Motion to Seal a prior conviction.