Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) convictions almost always include the revocation or suspension of your drivers’ license. Without the ability to drive, functioning in the modern world can become a logistical nightmare.
If you are a first-time offender, New York state offers a conditional license that allows you to drive under limited circumstances, such as:
- Going to and from work
- Going to and from classes in which you are enrolled at a college or university
- Going to and from medical appointments
- Going to and from court or state motor vehicle office, for court appearances or counseling sessions
- Transporting a minor child to and from school or to a caregiver
- Going to and from the DMV
- Going to and from court-ordered probation activities
- During an assigned period of three consecutive hours between 5 am and 9 pm once per week
Once you enroll, you will receive a Conditional License/Driving Privilege Attachment (MV-2020), which lists the permissible uses of your conditional license/privilege. This privilege can be revoked if you are convicted of any or all of the following:
- Violating any of the conditions specified in “Where and When You May Drive.”
- Any moving violation, including those that involve cell phone use, failure to wear a seat belt, and transporting a child without a safety seat
- Drug or alcohol related violations
Who is Eligible to get a Conditional License?
You may get a conditional license while your case is pending. This is often referred to as a pre-conviction conditional license and, in New York, you are eligible 30 days after your first court appearance. If you are convicted of a DWI (also called a DUI, or Driving Under the Influence), you will likely be required to enroll in and complete a program for impaired drivers, and you may also be required to install an Interlock device on your vehicle, but you may also be eligible to receive a conditional license in the meantime.
What is the Process for Getting a Conditional License?
In addition to complying with any mandatory counseling or impaired driving classes, each state has its own set of rules. A DWI attorney in Yonkers familiar with New York state laws will be able to help you with the process of obtaining a conditional license.
Contact a Knowledgeable Yonkers DWI Defense Attorney
Drunk driving charges can affect your family and future. Whether you live in Westchester, Rockland, Bronx, Dutchess, Putnam, Orange, or Ulster counties, the skilled New York attorneys of Sayegh & Sayegh can help. Contact us today at (914) 968-5800.