Law enforcement personnel in the state of New York take impaired driving seriously, and those who face DWI charges are up against severe penalties. For example, a license suspension for a first-time offender can vary from 90 days for someone who has been charged with Driving While Ability Impaired by Alcohol to 18 months for a commercial driver who refused to take a chemical test.
Although driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol is incredibly dangerous, the court believes in rehabilitation and giving offenders multiple chances to do right by society. As a result, the license suspension for first, second, and even third time offenders is not permanent; however, if someone committed an especially egregious act while driving under the influence or has a history of driving while impaired, a permanent license suspension could result.
If you are facing DWI charges and you are concerned about receiving a lengthy or even permanent license suspension, contact Darren DeUrso, Attorney at Law for comprehensive legal guidance. Mr. DeUrso has more than 30 years of experience as a DWI lawyer, and he will aggressively defend your rights. Call 914-772-8614 to schedule a consultation with a moving violation attorney in Westchester County.
How Many DUI Convictions Will Result in a Permanent License Suspension?
New York State enacted new regulations regarding the penalties for multiple alcohol or drug-related driving convictions back in 2012. Today, individuals facing a second, third, or subsequent serious driving offense can expect to receive both a lengthy license suspension and an order to install and maintain an ignition interlock device once they regain their driving privileges.
According to the Department of Motor Vehicles, individuals who face a permanent license suspension are those who have had three or four alcohol-related driving convictions within the prior 25 years with one serious driving offense. Individuals who do not have a serious driving offense on their record but have five or more alcohol-related driving convictions also face a permanent license suspension. The only way to fight a permanent revocation is to prove compelling or extenuating circumstances exist in your particular situation.
What Is a Serious Driving Offense?
In the state of New York, a serious driving offense is:
- A collision that results in at least one fatality;
- A driving-related penal law conviction;
- A conviction of two or more violations that resulted in the accrual of five or more points; or
- An accrual of 20 or more points for committing any traffic violations.
If you are facing a lengthy or permanent license suspension, your very ability to provide for your family is at stake. Fortunately, you may be able to fight the charges and negotiate for lesser penalties with the help of a seasoned defense attorney.
To discuss your case with a knowledgeable moving violation lawyer in Westchester County, contact Darren DeUrso, Attorney at Law. Call 914-772-8614 to schedule a consultation. You can learn more about DUI law in New York by visiting USAttorneys.com.