As experienced Buffalo DWI lawyers, we have seen the rules surrounding the issuance of driver’s licenses to individuals convicted of drinking and driving become increasingly complex.
When a driver loses his or her full driving privileges due to an alcohol-related offense, there are a variety of different types of limited driver’s licenses available depending on the circumstances of the case and what stage of the prosecution the case is in.
When a driver is required as part of the court’s sentence to have an ignition interlock device installed on any vehicle he or she wishes to drive, it may be necessary to obtain a post-revocation conditional driver’s license.
This type of limited driver’s license is needed in cases where the defendant has complied with all of the other legal requirements to have his or her full driving privileges reinstated but is still required to have an ignition interlock device installed on his or her vehicle.
To obtain this license, the defendant must complete a Conditional License/Driving Privilege Attachment (MV-2020) from the Department of Motor Vehicles, which is the same form that the driver was required to complete to obtain a normal conditional driver’s license.
The DMV will not issue full driving privileges until the ignition interlock requirement is lifted, so this form must be completed to include the locations where the defendant is permitted to drive – such as to work or to school.
Once it is completed and submitted to the DMV, a DMV representative must write “ignition interlock device required” on the validation line.
The laws surrounding continued driving privileges following an arrest for drinking and driving are complex, and it helps to have an experienced DWI lawyer who understands them.
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