If you are charged with a DWI in New York, you license will normally be suspended at your arraignment pending the prosecution of your case. If you are convicted of DWI, your license will be revoked for at least six months. If you plea to the Driving While Ability Impaired, then your license may be suspended up to 90 days. However, in each of these cases, you should be able to receive a conditional license if you were not convicted of an alcohol related operating event within the past 5 years or have had license revoked for refusing to submit to a blood, breath or urine test within 5 years of your arrest.
The conditional license will allow you to drive to and from work and during working hours if necessary for your job, and to and from day care, scholastic activities, and medical treatment. Typically, an experienced DWI attorney will make an application to the court at arraignment for a “Hardship License” which will grant conditional driving privileges. Furthermore, the DMV will also notify you with 30 days of your suspension of your eligibility to receive a pre-conviction conditional license from the DMV. Both of these conditional licenses are available, subject to the limitations stated above. However, if your license is revoked for revoked for refusing to submit to a Breathalyzer, yet you are still convicted of an alcohol related operating offense; you may be able to receive a post-conviction conditional license from the DMV, provided you participate in a special drunk driver program (DDP).
Contact a Knowledgeable Rochester New York DWI Attorney
If you or a loved one has been accused of a Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) and are in need of a criminal defense lawyer in the Greater Rochester Area of New York, contact the Law Office of Emanuel N. Mouganis to protect your rights.