Saving Your Driver’s License

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 845-454-2385. 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 Impaired Driver Program (IDP)
  • 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 845-454-2385 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.