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Senator announces new rules for drivers with DUIs

A DUI conviction can have serious consequences, including social repercussions, prison, fines and loss of license. If additional charges such as reckless endangerment or vehicular assault are filed, the stakes are even higher. Those facing drunk driving charges should be aware of their rights under the law.

New York's Senator Charles Fuschillo announced recently that new regulations will make it harder for those with multiple DUI convictions to reinstate their licenses. One major change is that those convicted of DUI more than once will not be able to seek early license reinstatement through the completion of a drunk driving education program.

Drivers will have to wait five years past the end of the revoking period to apply for reinstatement if they have had three or four DUI convictions in the prior 25 years. However, there will be no reinstatement if there was another serious driving offense during that time. Serious driving offenses that will affect reinstatement include fatal crashes, excessive points and additional driving convictions. Even drivers whose licenses are reinstated will not be permitted to drive other than for work and medical needs.

Additionally, the DMV will not reinstate licenses of those with five or more DUI convictions. This is part of an effort to review a driver's whole record when considering reinstatement. Because of this new regulation, drivers with past DUI convictions must be aware of the ramifications of additional convictions. If you are facing a third, fourth or fifth DUI charge, your freedom is seriously at risk. It's important to remember that you have the right to defend yourself against DUI charges. Speaking it an experienced DUI attorney may be helpful if you are unclear about your rights and options.

Source:, "Sen. Fuschillo announces new DWI regulations," Oct. 5, 2012

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