The DWI Expungement Process
The DWI expungement is different than other misdemeanors. In order to be eligible for DWI expungement, an individual must meet a few criteria :
- Ten years since the plea of guilty to a first offense Driving While Intoxicate charge;
- Never had a commercial driver’s license (CDL), even if the CDL has been surrendered;
- You have not had another alcohol-related offense, this includes administrative alcohol suspensions.
Upon filing in court a petition under the Missouri DWI expungement law a first offense driving while intoxicated conviction or plea of guilty can be removed from the record. The benefits to expunging a Driving While Intoxicated offense:
- No DWI conviction on your driving record.
- No DWI conviction on CaseNet.
- No prior DWI if for some reason you would pick up another DWI.
- No plea of guilty to DWI.
- No arrest for DWI.
- No conviction for DWI.
A DWI expungement is the most important step an individual can take in wrapping up a Driving While Intoxicated charge. Currently, under Missouri law, DWIs follow an individual for the rest of their life. Meaning a prosecutor can use a DWI that is decades old in order to charge an individual as a prior offender. This means that if you receive a DWI in your 20’s, it will still count as a prior for the remainder of your life, unless you expunge that DWI.