WHY YOU MAY NOT BE ABLE TO HAVE YOUR NYS LICENSE RESTORED
Under the existing NYS Department of Motor Vehicles Regulations of the Commissioner (June 5, 2013), there is a LIFE TIME LOOK BACK period for those seeking reinstatement of a driver’s license after revocation for drunk or impaired driving. Following is a quick reference and the regulations themselves:
The number of convictions/refusals for drinking-driving related offenses for a time period is the first number and the time period is the second number. To the right is the effect on relicensing.
- 5/Lifetime = No relicensing
- 3/25 years + no SDO + no current = 2 year denial after current DWI revocation revocation satisfied; thereafter with IID
- 2/25 years = maybe will grant relicensing
- 2 convictions + one involving a physical injury = No relicensing
A “serious driving offense” includes: 2 or more violations which carry 5 or more points each, or 20 points in aggregate, or a fatality, or a drinking related Penal Law conviction.
No early suspension lifting is possible, even with a DMV educational program.
A refusal to take a chemical test counts as a conviction. Drug impaired driving convictions are included as DWI for our purposes.
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR YOU?
If you are at risk of being CONVICTED for even two drinking related offenses, it can have permanent or substantial effects on your ability to drive in New York State. What is your ability to drive worth to you? Now, more than ever, the importance of avoiding any conviction for drinking related offenses such as DWI, DWAI, DWAI/Drugs, and Chemical Test refusals, and even high point moving violation convictions is crucial. Contact us if you are at such risk. More and more defendants will opt for trial to avoid losing their license for years or forever! Choose us to represent you and to do your trial work if a conviction will not otherwise be avoided.