Is a DR10 a criminal conviction?Last modified:
Yes. Drink driving is a criminal offence under section 5(1)(a) of the Road Traffic Act 1988.
Any offence that you are found guilty of in a Magistrates or Crown Court is a criminal conviction. If it is an imprisonable offence, which drink driving is, then it will be on your criminal record.
Under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 a DR10 conviction is considered “spent” 5 years after the date of conviction. After this period you do not need to declare it to insurers or employers.
However, for certain professions criminal convictions are never “spent” and so will always have to be declared.
- Working with children
- Working with vulnerable people
- Healthcare professions
- Working in law enforcement
- Working in the legal system
- High level financial positions
Also when applying for:
- Taxi (hackney carriage and private hire) licences
- Security Industry Authority licences
- Firearms licences
A DR10 is going to negatively impact your vehicle insurance. Using a specialist insurer for convicted driver insurance is the best approach when looking for manageable premiums.