DWI Convictions and Your Driving Record
How Long Does a DWI Stay on Your New York State Driving Record?
Check out the following educational legal video by Tiffany M. Kopacz, one of our experienced Hamburg DWI Attorneys to learn about DWI convictions and your driving record.
When a driver is charged with an alcohol-related driving offense, that offense will remain on her or his driver’s license record forever. Much of the time, people think that once the criminal action or the charges against them have been resolved, that the offense will stay on the license for a limited period, such as 18 months or a few years. The truth of the matter is that the DMV keeps a lifetime record of everyone’s entire driving history.
If you were to go to the DMV and request a driver’s abstract, for instance, it may only show convictions or offenses for a short period, but the DMV’s permanent record will have an entire and complete listing of any of your DWI offenses. The DMV can use that lifetime record at any time to review your driver’s license in its current state. If the department believed that there were too many alcohol-related driving offenses over the course of your lifetime and considered you a persistent offender, they could suspend or deny you driver’s privileges in the future. Remember that once an offense has been added to your record, it will always be present on your record.
If you’ve been arrested for DWI, this charge could stay on your record for the rest of your life. It’s important to retain one of our experienced Hamburg DWI Attorneys as soon as possible to help protect your freedom and minimize your consequences. Contact Chiacchia & Fleming, LLP to schedule a free confidential consultation today.