DWI Expungement FAQs

Although DWIs are down across North Carolina, courthouses are still overwhelmed with the sheer number of driving while intoxicated charges. Most counties will prosecute DWIs to the full extent. The following questions are frequently asked about DWI convictions in North Carolina: 

  • How long will a DWI stay on your record in North Carolina? If you were convicted, it will be on your record forever. 
  • Can a DWI be expunged in North Carolina? Although DWI convictions previously could be expunged, they no longer can be. If you were convicted of a DWI, it will be on your NC criminal record forever. 
  • Can employers see a DWI conviction? It depends on which type of background check they do, but yes, they likely can if they do a criminal background check that includes North Carolina. 
  • What if the DWI was dismissed or I was found not-guilty? If the DWI charge was dismissed or you were found not-guilty, you can file for expungement in the county you were charged. 
  • How long does it take to remove a DWI charge from my record? It depends on the county. Some are able to process expungements within a month; some take over a year. As aforementioned, only dismissed DWIs can be expunged. 

If you have been charged with a DWI in Wake or Durham County, it is imperative you hire an attorney to handle your case. The criminal defense attorneys at Guirguis Law will thoroughly examine your case for all possible defenses and do the best to mitigate the consequences. Contact us at (919) 832-0500 for more information.