Restore License After Revocation
Getting a License after a New York DWI Conviction
If you are convicted of a drunk driving offense in New York, chances are you will lose your driving privileges. For first offenses, the suspension could be just 90 days, with second and third offenses carrying suspensions lasting a year or even longer. Getting your license back after a DWI conviction is not easy, but it can be done. While there is an automated online system that allows you to check the status of your suspension and even apply for reinstatement, it is always best to consult an experienced attorney to avoid unnecessary delays.
Steps to Getting Your License Back After DWI in New York
- Serve out the suspension period in full
- Check if you are eligible for automatic reinstatement through the online system
- If you are eligible for automatic reinstatement, pay the fee and follow the DMV instructions.
- If you are not eligible for any reason, you should contact an experienced license reinstatement DWI attorney who can advise you and ensure you do not inadvertently create unnecessary delays.
Fees if Eligible Through Online System
If you qualify for automatic reinstatement through the NYS online system, you will have to pay the following, depending on your situation:
- $25 for out-of-state driver not seeking a NYS license.
- $50 if you want a NYS license and were revoked before July 6, 2009
- $100 if you want a NYS license and were revoked on or after July 6, 2009
What if I Need My License to Get to Work or School?
Fortunately, New York has a program called the “Drinking Driver Program” (DDP), which allows drivers to obtain a conditional license. However, it is not automatic. If you believe you may qualify, you should contact (888) DUI-Lawyer to talk to an experienced DUI/DWI attorney who can offer suggestions and work to protect your driving privileges. Sometimes, you may just have to wait and serve out your suspension period. However, if you qualify for DDP, you will have to pay all your fees and attend safe driving courses. A conditional license may be granted so you can travel:
- To and from work, or as part of your job
- To and from school
- To and from child care and your children’s school (if necessary for you to keep your job or stay in school)
- To and from DDP classes and required treatment
- To and from DMV
- To and from medical appointments for you or a household member (with a doctor’s written statement)
- To and from court-ordered probation activities
- For an additional three-hour period per week
Remember, however, DDP is not automatic and is not considered an entitlement or right; it is a privilege and one that requires you to get court approval in most cases. Therefore, you should consult with an attorney as early as possible in the process, especially if your career and livelihood depend on it.
How Can a Long Island DWI Attorney Help?
It is always best to not drink and drive. Avoiding a conviction is indeed the best strategy. However, people make mistakes, and whether you are already facing a license suspension or working to recover after serving a suspension period, an experienced Long Island DWI attorney can help you avoid pitfalls and unnecessary delays in the reinstatement process. Call (888) DUI-Lawyer today for a free consultation.