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Drunk Driving License Implications

Driver's License Implications in Westchester County, NY

If you are facing alcohol or drug related violations, it is important to know that your driver's license may be in jeopardy. Whether you need your driver's license to drive to and from work, or you are a truck driver who depends on your commercial driver's license (CDL) for your livelihood, contact our office to discuss how we can help.

The Westchester County criminal defense lawyers at Riebling, Proto & Sachs, LLP are dedicated to aggressively fighting for your rights and striving to see that you retain your license. Driver's license suspensions and revocations are handled in different ways. With the help of a knowledgeable and skilled lawyer, you will understand the processes through which license implications are enforced. We will discuss your options if your driver's license is revoked or suspended.

Conviction on a DWI or DWAI charge will result in a mandatory suspension or revocation of your driving privileges. The length of the suspension or revocation is determined by whether you are convicted of DWI or DWAI and can last as much as eighteen months.

Driver’s License Suspension

At your first court appearance, you can expect that your driver’s license will be suspended during the pendency of your case. However, we will assist you in obtaining a temporary driver’s license during this period. If you are found guilty of DWAI or plead guilty to DWAI your license will be suspended for 90 days. At the conclusion of the 90 days, your driver’s license may be reinstated upon payment of a fee to the DMV.

Driver’s License Revocation

If your driver's license is revoked, it means that your license to drive within the State of New York is terminated. Unlike a suspension, there is not an automatic reinstatement of your driver’s license upon payment of a fee, and you must reapply to the DMV to get a new license to drive. If you pled guilty or are found guilty of a misdemeanor DWI then your driver's license will be revoked for at least six months. If you are found guilty of a felony DWI or plead guilty to a felony DWI then your driver's license will be revoked for no less than one year.

Mandatory Suspensions for Alcohol & Drug Violations

  • Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) with a .08% BAC as a misdemeanor: 6 month revocation
  • Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) with a .08% BAC as a felony: 1 year revocation
  • Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) with a .18% BAC or higher: 1 year revocation
  • Driving While Ability Impaired by Alcohol (DWAI): 90 day suspension
  • Driving While Ability Impaired by a Drug (DWAI-drug): 6 month suspension
  • DWI or DWAI-drug committed within ten (10) years of any previous violation: 1 year revocation.
  • DWAI committed within five (5) years of any previous alcohol or drug related violation: 6 month revocation
  • Drugs: 6 month suspension
  • Driving While Intoxicated with a child in the car less than 16 years of age (Leandra’s Law): 18 month suspension

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