Saving Your Driver's License From Revocation

Acquittal at trial can save your driver's license from revocation. While your trial is pending, however, you may be able to seek a hardship privilege. Additionally, if you are convicted, it may be possible to secure a conditional license to drive to work, school and medical appointments.

At the law office of Glenn R. Bruno, Esq., in Poughkeepsie, New York, I assist clients with license revocation issues and defend clients who have been charged with alcohol-related offenses. As an experienced criminal defense attorney, I will attempt to clearly explain your options, and I will work to provide you with straightforward advice regarding your defense.

To schedule your free in-office or telephone consultation to discuss saving your driver's license, call my office at 845-206-4501 or toll free at 888-324-0551. If you prefer, you can send me an e-mail.

License Suspensions and Hardship Driving Privilege

If you are charged with DWI and there is a certified breath test result at the arraignment, license suspension is mandatory. However, you may be able to secure a hardship privilege at arraignment if you meet the following criteria:

  • You have not had a conditional license within the past five years
  • You can show that there is a hardship if your license is suspended pending prosecution

A common example of a hardship would be a lack of public transportation between your home and work. A hardship privilege will permit you to drive to and from work, school and/or medical appointments. It is valid for only certain times of day and for limited time periods.

Conviction, 20-Day Stay and Conditional Licenses

If you are convicted for DWI or another alcohol-related offense, I can request a 20-day stay of the suspension or revocation that the court will impose at the time of sentence. This will give you a temporary license for 20 days. After the completion of the 20-day stay, you can request a conditional license.

Similar to a hardship privilege, a conditional license is granted only if:

  • You have not had a previous conditional license in the last five years
  • You sign up for the drinking driver program (DDP)
  • You pay the appropriate fees

Upon successful completion of the drinking driver program, the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) might cut short the suspension or revocation period. To get a conditional license, you do not need to demonstrate hardship.

Contact a Poughkeepsie Lawyer Regarding License Suspension

Call 845-206-4501 or toll free 888-324-0551 to schedule a free in-office or telephone consultation. You can also reach me by e-mail. My office is located conveniently across from the Dutchess County Courthouse.