Arkansas DWI and DUI Look-Back Period

Q.  How long do DWIs and DUIs "count against" me in Arkansas?

A.  A DWI or DUI can only be counted or used against you for enhancement purposes for 5 years after the date of the offense. This is true regardless of whether your prior DUI or DWI was from Arkansas or some other state.

Example:   Assume that you were convicted of a DWI - 1st Offense that occurred on June 1, 2014. If you are charged with another DWI that occurred on or before May 31, 2019, then the new DWI is a DWI - 2nd Offense, which has significantly more severe penalties. This is true regardless of the fact that the date of conviction for your second DWI may be after 5 years from the date of the offense of your first DWI; the law counts DWI's from "offense date to offense date," not "conviction date to conviction date."