Crimes are considered any offenses that have the possibility of jail time (even though no jail time may ever be imposed). A lot of traffic violations are classifed as some sort of misdmeanor offense, which carries the possibility of jail. You will have to determine if your traffic offense falls into this category. If it does then you need to answer yes when these type of questions are asked on applications.
A DWAI Alcohol conviction is not a crime in NYS, a violation like many other traffic infractions. While the arrest may have come up, apparently the disposition as a violation did not. If the application asked you about a conviction, then you answered correctly. If you must prove you were only convicted of the violation, obtain a conviction of disposition from the local court in which you were convicted. There is a small fee for the certificate.
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You were arrested for the misdemeanor of DWI. So you answer to a question asking "Were you ever arrested for a crime?" would be "Yes."
You pled to DWAI, a traffic infraction, so if you are asked if you ever PLED to a crime or fi you have a criminal record, your answer is "No."
You were not convicted of a crime. Dwai does not seal so it will always show up on a background check.
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