Ten-Year DWI Rule
If you have been charged with a DWI, you may have heard a lot about what it entails and that could be very scary to hear. Perhaps you are relying on something known as a ten-year DWI rule to clear your record. It is not exactly what it sounds like. Here is what you should know.
If you’re charged with DWI or DWAI in Buffalo, a lot of people have a misconception about the so-called 10-year rule. A lot of people think that if after 10 years and a day, you’ve had a prior DWI, it magically falls off your record. That’s not the case. The 10 year time limitation really comes into play when you are charged with a DWI for a second time, and the prosecution and the court will look back at your criminal history report to see when your prior was. If it falls within the 10 years, that DWI could potentially become a felony. It’s important to note, too, that the regulations with Department of Motor Vehicles have changed, and now, there is a lifetime look-back in terms of the suspension and/or revocation of your license. Generally, the 10-year rule is for criminal courts, and it generally does not fall off.
If you have been charged with DWI in Buffalo, contact John Dudziak as soon as possible for guidance and advice pertaining to your best defense. It could make all the difference in your life.
To learn more about your rights when you have been pulled over, or to get legal counsel when charged with a crime, please contact the law office of experienced criminal defense and DWI attorney, John Dudziak.