If you’ve been convicted of driving while intoxicated (DWI), it will appear on your criminal record and it should appear during a criminal records search.  That search could be done by a potential employer or a government agency looking into your background. Because criminal records are so easily accessible, you may lose out on a job opportunity or find your personal life under the scrutiny at the touch of a button

Under certain circumstances, your criminal record may be cleared, or expunged. Expungement is the process by which certain arrests and convictions can be removed from the criminal record. For instance, a person arrested for DWI can return to court after completing an accelerated rehabilitative disposition program and have their record expunged. The public will no longer have access to the DWI record.

The state will have that information, but it won’t be made accessible to the public. A DWI arrest results in a criminal process as well as an administrative process concerning the suspension of a license. That administrative record can’t be expunged, but the criminal one can be.

Not all criminal charges can be expunged and there are qualifications and requirements that need to be met before a DWI criminal record can be expunged. Given the possible damage this criminal record can do to your future job search efforts, it may be worth your while to contact a DWI defense attorney to discuss your situation, your past conviction and your desire to clear your record. The effort you put in now may result in big dividends later on.