In the state of New York, if you operate a vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08%, you will be charged with driving while under the influence (DUI). The penalties for this type of offense vary in severity depending on whether this is your first conviction and what your BAC level was. DUI carries harsh penalties. One of those penalties is the loss of your driving privileges through license suspension or revocation. If you have lost your driving privileges after being charged with DUI, you may be wondering if and how you can get your driver’s license back. In New York, those who are convicted of an alcohol-related driving offense may be eligible for a conditional license. Please continue following along to learn about conditional licenses and how a seasoned Garden City, NY DWI/DUI attorney can help you obtain one.
Can I get my driver’s license back after a DUI conviction in New York?
In New York, if you have been convicted of DUI, the court may deem you eligible for a conditional license. Essentially, a conditional license grants you restricted driving privileges. This type of license allows you to legally drive within certain limitations. It is important to note, however, that those charged with DUI with a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) are not eligible for a conditional license. Those found eligible must apply for a conditional license in person at a DMV. However, to be granted a conditional license, you will have to attend and complete an Impaired Driver Program (IDP). In addition, you will have to complete any treatment or clinical assessment recommended by the court. If you qualify for a conditional license, you may drive only under the following circumstances:
- To and from work.
- During the hours of work if your job requires you to drive a vehicle.
- To and from a child’s school or daycare.
- To and from a medical appointment or treatment (for you or a member of your family) – need a written statement from the licensed medical practitioner.
- To and from a class that is an authorized program for alcohol and drug rehabilitation at which your attendance is required.
- To and from a class at an accredited school, university, or college.
- To and from DMV for the transaction of business regarding your license or program.
- To and from the court for court-ordered probation activities.
- For a three-hour consecutive daytime period (between 5 am and 9 pm once a week) on a day on which you are not engaged in your usual employment or vocation.
Only under the above-listed circumstances can you drive with a conditional license. If you violate any of the above terms, your conditional license will be revoked.
In the unfortunate event that you have been charged with DUI, reach out to one of our determined and skilled attorneys. With the right legal representation, you may be able to qualify for a conditional license. Allow our firm to help you obtain a conditional driver’s license.