Will I Be Able To Get A Conditional License If I Was Convicted of DWI or DWAI

Will I Be Able To Get A Conditional License If I Was Convicted of DWI or DWAI

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Receiving a conditional drivers license in New York state after a DWI or DWAI conviction is dependant upon a couple of factors. After your first conviction for either DWI or DWAI, if you agree to participate in (and in fact DO participate in) New York States DDP – Drink Driver Program – then you will be able to receive a conditional drivers license. The Department of Motor Vehicles will determine whether you are in fact eligible to participate in the DDP, but a judge is able to prevent you from enrolling in the DDP.

The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles Drink Driver Program

The Drink Driver Program – DDP – in New York State is part of their effort to limit the amount of both personal and property losses on the roads of New York State caused by drivers who are under the influence of either alcohol, drugs or both. Driving while intoxicated ruins lives . . .

And that’s why it’s important¬†that New York State, as well as every other state in America must do something to try and combat the devastating effects of DWI¬†and DWAI.

If you are convicted of DWI or DWAI in New York, you will lose your license and your privilege to drive on the roads of New York State. Your drivers license will be either suspended or revoked, but if you participate in the DDP you may be eligible for either a conditional license or alternatively a conditional driving privilege. You will know whether you are eligible to participate in the DDP by your “Order of Suspension or Revocation” from New York States DMV.

What Does The DDP Do

The DDP is all about education, and re-education. First of all the participants are encouraged and helped to examine the whole arrest experience and just why the arrest took place in the first place. It then goes on to helping them learn how to make appropriate driving decisions in the future. Participants are asked first of all to really think about the reason for the program, the goals of program and just how those goals can be achieved. They then discuss the social, legal, medical and safety issues brought about by driving whilst under the influence of either alcohol or other drugs.

If you do participate in the DDP and are subsequently issued with a conditional license there are limits on where and when you are permitted to drive. This really is only the start of things and not the end. You may not, for example, drive any type of motor vehicle which requires a commercial drivers license like a taxicab. In New York State your conditional drivers license will permit you to;

  • Drive to and from your place of work, and if your work involves driving then you may do that also.
  • Drive to and from an accredited school or college to attend a class.
  • Drive your child to school or to a child care facility as necessary, if child care is needed in order for you to maintain your employment.
  • Drive to and from your DDP classes including any evaluations or treatments.
  • Drive to and from the New York State motor vehicle office for any business to do with your conditional license.
  • Drive to and from any probation activities which were ordered by the courts.
  • Drive to and from medical treatment for yourself or other members of your family, which must be certified in writing by the physician.

If you are found to be driving for any other reason which is not on this list then your conditional drivers license will be revoked, or indeed, if you are found to be guilty of any other, separate moving violation (seat belts, talking on your cell phone etc).

DWI really is a tragedy in all directions.

 

 

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