If you’re a lawyer who specializes in defending DWIs (or even if you’re not) it’s probably a poor idea to charge your clients extra for getting their court records backdated [Charlotte Observer; ABA Journal; James Crouch, Wake County, N.C., takes plea and gives up law license]


  • How does the client benefit from backdating of the conviction?

  • If there is a time-related penalty associated with the conviction, such as not being able to drive for 30 days afterward, the backdating reduces or eliminates the effect of the sanction.