After receiving notice that your New York driver’s license has been revoked or suspended, it is easy to feel overwhelmed and uncertain about how to respond.
During this difficult time, it is important to remember that you have the opportunity to fight for your driving privileges. An experienced New York driver’s license attorney can support you during this process. It also helps to arm yourself with as much knowledge as possible about suspended and revoked licenses in New York State.
Reasons People are Summoned to Hearings in New York
Various factors might lead a person to be summoned to appear before the New York Department of Motor Vehicles for a hearing, but some of the most common reasons include:
Alcohol-related offenses like drunk driving.
Involvement in a deadly accident or an accident that resulted in a serious injury.
Refusing to submit to a breath test.
The accumulation of too many points on a person’s driver’s license.
Traveling at high speed.
Failure to pay tolls.
Driving under the influence of alcohol when under 21.
If your license has been revoked or suspended, a skilled traffic attorney can help create a plan so you can get back to driving as soon as possible while also helping you address fines, points, and limiting how the event will impact your motor vehicle insurance moving forward.
Restricted/Conditional Licenses in New York
Even though license suspension is a common result of many driving-related offenses in New York, drivers are still sometimes able to obtain either conditional or restricted licenses for purposes like commuting to work or school, transporting children to daycare, attending court-required classes, and traveling to medical appointments.
One of the most confusing areas of New York driving law is the difference between conditional and restricted licenses. The Department of Motor Vehicle issues conditional licenses to qualified drivers whose New York driver’s license was suspended or revoked due to an alcohol or drug-related violation. The Department of Motor Vehicles can also issue a restricted use license to a driver who qualifies and whose license is either suspended or revoked due to violations or incidents that are not alcohol or drug-related.
If a person in New York State has had a conditional or restricted license issued within the past five years, the Department of Motor Vehicles will sometimes issue a restricted license provided the individual’s license was not revoked for alcohol use, criminal violations, or drug use.
If a person has not had a conditional or restricted license issued within the last five years, the individual might be eligible to complete an Impaired Driver Program. On successful completion of this program, an individual will receive a “Notice of Completion,” which in some cases will result in a person’s license being automatically restored or a person becomes eligible to apply for a new license. Remember, however, that a person will be dropped from the program and unable to obtain a conditional license if he or she does not attend class, does not satisfactorily participate, or does not pay program fees.
Multiple Alcohol or Drug Related Driving Convictions
If your license is revoked and you have three of more DWI/DWAI-Drugs/DWAI convictions on your license, the DMV may be denying your ability to get relicensed. There are specific rules about your ability to get relicensed when this occurs.
If you have three or four alcohol/drug related convictions, the DMV will likely to deny your ability to get relicensed for a minimum of 5 years. If you have a serious driving offense on top of the three or four alcohol related offenses, the DMV will deny your ability to get relicensed FOR LIFE.
If you have five or more alcohol/drug related convictions, the DMV will deny your ability to get relicensed FOR LIFE.
If your license has been revoked because of multiple convictions, a skilled traffic attorney can help create a plan so you can get back.
Numerous suspensions on your license
If you license is suspended because you failed to answer traffic infractions or pay a fine, you could be charged with a misdemeanor or even a felony the next time you get pulled over.
The reason for this is because every time you fail to answer a traffic infraction or fail to pay a fine, the Court will put a SCOFF, or a suspension, on your license.
It is imperative for you to speak to an attorney about your license status if you fall into this category. An experienced attorney will know how to handle and take care of the suspensions on your license so that you can drive free and clear.
How a New York Driver’s License Attorney can Help
Whether you need counsel at a DMV hearing, it is your first time DWI, you failed to answer a traffic infraction, or you have multiple convictions, an experienced attorney can help you get your license back.