The New York Department of Motor Vehicles clearly states that a DUI or DWI conviction stays on your record for up to 15 years. A DWIA conviction may remain on your record for ten years. The department of motor vehicles in New York provides you with a driving record called an Abstract of Driving Record that lists information regarded as “public records.” Insurance companies can readily get access to this information.
Some of the information that you can find in your abstract of driving record include:
- Any road violation conviction including the dates, type of sentence, the time of sentencing, and fines.
- License Suspensions and revocations
- Accident and traffic convictions including details such as property damage or any personal injury and fatality
Each information may stay on your abstract for a set duration of time. Suspensions and revocations may last on the abstract for four years from the date of issue, while accidents may last three years to even permanently if there was vehicular homicide.
Effects of a DUI charge on your record
A DUI or DWI charge may lead to the loss of your driver’s license for a minimum of six months. For commercial drivers, they may get their privileges dropped for not less than one year regardless of the type of vehicle in use during the DUI arrest.
A second DUI offense within ten years of your first charge may lead to a Class E felony conviction under the New York State Law and a possible jail sentence. You may as well get barred from visiting countries such as Canada.
You should not consider this information as legal advice. However, it can help you understand the effects of having a DUI on your record.