DUI / DWI Conviction Limiting Travel
classify any "crime" as a reason to refuse (or limit) entry
into their country. The overwhelming majority (over 96%) of DUI
/ DWI convictions are misdemeanors (offenses generally punishable by a
jail term of one year or less). Felony DUI / DWI offenses are usually
reserved for either repeat offenders or offenders causing death or serious
injury in a collision.
Some nations (e.g.
Canada) classify ALL crimes as "offenses,"
and will limit or bar admission for any purpose if a CONVICTION is on
your criminal record. This is an excellent reason to FIGHT your
DUI / DWI case, and hire a qualified
governments will be more prone to a total ban for travel if the offense
is a felony. If a lesser charge, such as a misdemeanor, there may
be a 5 year or longer "window" for them to restrict or limit
Often, your DUI
/ DWI lawyer will need to associate an immigration attorney to facilitate
an application for limited admission to the country where you plan to
travel. Give plenty of time for this to be done, because applications
can take months.
news article from 2000 reported that President George W. Bush may
not be able to travel to Canada, due to his 1976
DWI conviction in Maine.