“Can I expunge my DUI or DWI conviction in New Jersey?”
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Answer: No. Once you have a DWI conviction, it stays on your record. However, this is not something that is going to show up on your background check, so it will never prevent you from getting a job or housing. In reality, a DWI conviction stays on your driving record. Unfortunately, its on there for good.
This basically means that you will be considered a higher risk driver for a long time. Every insurance company has a different way of quantifying the level of risk that you present on any given policy. If you have a DWI or DUI on your driving record, you are probably going to be paying more than most other people for insurance.
Usually, there is a “time value” that is attributed to any negative mark on your insurance policy. For example, if you had a bad accident when you were 17 years old, your insurance company isn’t going to hold it heavily against you now that you’re 35. The same thing can be said about your DWI charges, after a certain amount of time, your insurance costs will start to return back to a normal level. That said, these surcharges are best avoided, and that’s why it’s a great idea to fight these cases tooth and nail from the beginning.
After 10 years have passed, you will be entitled to the “ten year step down rule” which means that you will be treated as a first offender again for DWI sentencing purposes. So, if you got a DWI 12 years ago and you recently were arrested again for drunk driving, you will be sentenced as a first offender again for sentencing purposes which means a lower driver’s license suspension (instead of 2 years the loss of license is 3 months – 1 year).