DWI offenders in New York don't just face
criminal penalties, but administrative ones from the DMV, as well. These administrative policies
became significantly harsher in September 2012 due to new regulations
and Attorney Nicholas Rossi recently detailed them in a column for
Buffalo Business First's law blog called "Licensing issues in DWI-related offenses."
In the column, Attorney Rossi provides a thorough overview the new administrative
policies that not only give the DMV wider scope in their review of driving
records, but also make it more difficult for some DWI offenders to return
to their usual driving privileges following a conviction. Among the key points:
Lifetime "look-back period." Previously, the DMV could only assess the last 10 years of a DWI offender's
driving record. Under the new regulations, however, the agency can address
the offender's entire driving record.
"Dangerous repeat alcohol or drug offenders." These offenders are now defined by drivers who have five or more DWI offenses
or have three or four DWI convictions and a "serious driving offense"
within a 25-year period.
New waiting periods. Previously, DWI offenders could have their license reinstated after their
criminal license revocation. Now the DMV enforces its own waiting period
following the criminal revocation. These waiting periods can last 2 to
5 years depending on offenders driving record.
Lifetime bans. Lifetime driving bans can now be considered for drivers with especially
troubled driving records or drivers who are again convicted of a DWI while
using a restricted license.
These are just the broad strokes of these incisive and particularly unforgiving
DMV regulations. Even in summary, however, they are again a testament
to the importance of having an effective
DWI defense counsel if you are ever facing one of these alcohol or drug-impaired driving charges.
You can review all of "Licensing issues in DWI-related offenses"
and Attorney Nicholas' insight here.
If you are facing a DWI or DWI-related charge, then it is imperative that
you retain informed and capable defense counsel. At
The Rossi Law Firm, our dedicated and award-winning Buffalo DWI defense attorneys have built
their reputation on hard-hitting legal representation and favorable results
for their clients. Our team understands what is at stake in these cases
and can ensure the best possible outcome for you and the future of your
driving privileges will be put within reach.
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