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How long can the state use a prior DWI conviction?

If you have prior DWI convictions, the prosecution can use previous offenses against you forever. Whether it’s been 10, 20, even 30 years since your prior conviction, the prosecution can use it to enhance your punishment for a current DWI conviction.

Using your prior conviction increases the grade of the DWI offense you are presently being prosecuted for. And that increases the range of punishment available to the state as well as the consequences of the current charge. For example, if you were convicted in 1992 for DWI and you are arrested for a DWI in 2018, you would be facing a DWI 2nd offense charge. Read More