New York DWI Lawyer Examines Having a Criminal Record
As an experienced New York DWI Lawyer I am often asked by concerned clients, how long their DWI charge will be on their record for. If you are arrested for a DWI or DUI in New York City and you’re prosecuted and wind up with a conviction, which is an unclassified misdemeanor, that stays on your record; it doesn’t go away. Some people think that there’s a 10-year rule that it will just drop away in 10 years, or it’ll just drop away in 7 years. While it is true that certain traffic offenses you may get point credits for over time, the DWI case conviction does not disappear.
The 10-year rule revolves around whether or not a prosecutor, after your first conviction, can use the first conviction. Now if you’re charged with a second, it will enhance your case to a felony. The Department of Motor Vehicles can use a prior conviction to enhance your suspension or even prevent you from getting re-licensed. The convictions themselves don’t disappear, they can be used to enhance further penalties and suspensions in the future.
Have you recently been charged with a DWI and want to know how long the charge will be on your criminal record? If so, contact the experienced New York DWI Lawyer Carl Spector.