February 12, 2021
If you've been accused of driving while intoxicated in Rochester, you could face a variety of harsh repercussions, including both criminal charges and the potential loss of driving privileges.
Later, you may find that your DWI leads to several unexpected consequences. This mark on your record could make it more difficult to find a job or secure stable housing. As such, it could be worth your while to get your Rochester DWI expunged. This could be more complicated than you anticipated, but relief from a problematic criminal record may still be available.
How New York Handles Expungement
Unfortunately, New York tends to be stricter than other states in regards to DWI expungement. Don't expect to erase DWI convictions from your record, as you might in other states. Still, solutions are available for making your criminal background less of a headache.
In 2017, the state changed its approach to sealing criminal records. Now, it's possible to seal records in a variety of circumstances. This should come as a relief, given the narrow scope of record sealing available prior to 2017.
Under the current approach, just two convictions can be sealed — and this is permitted for only one felony. Thankfully, multiple offenses for the same act can be treated as a single conviction for the purpose of sealing. This process may be easier under the guidance of a New York criminal defense attorney.
If you're interested in getting your New York DWI record sealed, look to the Rochester criminal defense attorneys at Ganguly Brothers Law for help. Call 585-232-7747 or contact us online to learn more.