Is This DWI Going to Go on My Record?
In Missouri, your criminal record consists of crimes you have been convicted of by a court of law. There are circumstances however where you can be found guilty of a crime, but not convicted. This is something to discuss in greater detail with your attorney, but generally speaking, if you get a specific type of probation, it may be possible to keep a DWI from going on your criminal record.
HOWEVER, even if the DWI doesn't go on your criminal record as a conviction, it may still be able to come back to bite you. There are 2 main scenarios where this becomes an issue:
First - If you are charged with a subsequent DWI (i.e., you get a 2'nd offense sometime down the road) your prior plea, even if no conviction, can be used to "enhance" a DWI to a higher level offense, such as a felony.
Second - If you are applying for a job, a background check could reveal that you plead guilty, but were not convicted of a DWI. Background checks vary by different agencies that conduct them, and my experience is that if someone looks hard enough at your past, they may be able to find the DWI even if you were not convicted.
It is possible to keep a DWI off your record, however, that will either require an acquittal at trial (you go to trial and win) or your lawyer gets something worked out with the prosecutor for an amended charge. The possibilities are extremely case-specific, and each DWI case is unique, so you must discuss your situation with your lawyer to find out what options you have for your case.