When Will I Get My Driver’s License Back After a DUI?



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    If you operate a vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08% or higher, you will face a driving while under the influence (DUI) charge. DUI is a serious offense that should not be taken lightly. Under New York law, drivers found guilty of DUI may be subject to license suspension, among other penalties. Driving is a privilege that may be revoked if a driver engages in unlawful conduct. The loss of this privilege can significantly impact your ability to engage in day-to-day activities,  such as commuting to work, attending school, or transporting dependents. However, there are ways to mitigate the impact of this penalty, such as a conditional license or real license reinstatement for those who take the necessary steps. If you’ve been charged with DUI, please don’t hesitate to contact a determined Garden City, NY, DWI/DUI Attorney who can protect your interests. Please continue reading to learn when to expect your driver’s license to be reinstated after a DUI conviction.

    How Long Will a Suspension Be Imposed for DUI?

    Depending on your age, you will face different license suspension periods for DUI. If you’re younger than 21 and this is your first offense, your license will be revoked for an entire year. If you’re 21 or older, you will face a six-month license suspension. If this is your second offense, you will be subject to a revoked license for one year. If this is your third or subsequent offense, you will have your license revoked for one year or possibly the permanent revocation of your driver’s license.

    Can I Obtain a Conditional Driver’s License?

    The suspension of your driver’s license will take effect upon your conviction. Once it takes effect, you will be prohibited from getting behind the wheel until your license has been restored after the suspension period has ended. To restore your driving privileges, you must apply for reinstatement and pay the fee. Nevertheless, you can apply for a conditional license before your suspension ends. A conditional license will allow you to drive to and from “essential” locations, such as work, doctor’s appointments, school, etc. To qualify for a conditional license, you must attend an Impaired Driver Program (IDP). A conditional license comes with strict terms and restrictions. That said, if you violate the terms of your conditional license, you will have your condition license immediately revoked.

    If you’ve been charged with DUI in New York, it’s in your best interest to contact a skilled attorney from the legal team at Grunwald & Seman, P.C., who can fight on your behalf to limit the impact of a conviction. Contact us today to discuss your case.

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