How Long Does a DWI Stay on Your Record?

If you’ve been convicted of driving while intoxicated, it’s important to know how long a DWI conviction can stay on your criminal record. Watch this video by experienced Long Island DWI Lawyer Michaelangelo Matera to learn how long a DWI stays on your record and whether it is possible to have it removed from your permanent record.


A conviction for driving while intoxicated is something that will stay on your record for the rest of your life. However, New York State has enacted new laws in the recent past that may allow for potential sealing of those convictions. Those typically require that an individual has had no criminal contact with the criminal justice system for a period of 10 years from the time of the original DWI conviction. So it’s certainly very important to make sure if you’re planning on getting a prior conviction sealed, that you have absolutely no contact whatsoever with the criminal justice system for that period of 10 years.
If you do the 10 year period starts all over again.

Are you worried that a DWI will stay on your record? Don’t let one mistake impact the rest of your life. When people are facing difficult legal situations what matters is results. At The Matera Law Firm, we have over 25 years of experience helping people when they need it most. That commitment has allowed us to generate a record of success and positive results against DWI charges.

If you or someone you love is in need of an experienced criminal defense attorney, contact us today for a free confidential consultation. We proudly serve Suffolk County, Nassau County, Long Island, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Bronx, Queens, and throughout New York State.

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