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Conditional/Restricted Licenses Are Not Available In Every Situation

At Martin A. Kron & Associates, P.C., we know that losing your driving privileges presents more than a mere hassle. It could affect your job and your livelihood, which is why we fight strenuously to help you stay on the road when you face license suspension. In some cases, this means helping you obtain a conditional or restricted license.

The restricted or conditional license allows you to drive for specific purposes. This may include getting to and from work, job duties that require driving, picking up and dropping off your child for day care, attending court-ordered classes or community service, or doctor's visits.

Call us for a consultation and help with any driver's license matter in New York or New Jersey at 212-691-0175. With a former traffic judge on your side, you know you are getting exceptional advice.

What Is A Conditional/Restricted License? Am I Eligible For One?

License suspension is a common penalty for drunk driving, serious traffic violations and the accumulation of points on your driving record. Fighting the offense is the best way to avoid suspension and future license complications.

Should you lose your license, your options depend on the jurisdiction in which your license was issued as well as the reason for the suspension. Eligibility is not automatic or available in every situation, which is why you should always consult with an attorney for help.

  • Restricted license in New York: If you have had a conditional/restricted license issued within the prior five years and otherwise qualify, the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) may issue a restricted license if yours was suspended or revoked due to the accumulation of points or other noncriminal violations not related to drug or alcohol use.
  • Conditional license in New York: If you have not had a conditional/restricted license issued within the prior five years, complete the Impaired Driver Program (DIP) and otherwise qualify, the DMV may issue a conditional license if yours was suspended or revoked due to drunk driving or other drug/alcohol-related offense.
  • Restricted/conditional licenses unavailable in New Jersey: If you have been charged with DWI/DUI, you cannot obtain a conditional or restricted license. Legislators have proposed amendments to this law, but none have been successful thus far.
  • Driver Improvement Program (DIP) in New Jersey: Although conditional/restricted licenses are not offered, if your license is suspended for accumulating 12 to 14 points in over two years, the DIP program allows you to participate in a classroom course in lieu of the 30-day suspension. If you successfully complete the program, you may be able to drop a maximum of three points from your record.

What Happens If I Am Pulled Over With A Restricted License?

Driving is a privilege that can be taken away. Driving on a restricted or conditional license is a privilege that is even more limited. The penalties are stricter for traffic violations that occur while driving on a restricted/conditional license. You could lose your ability to drive for a mandatory six months for any traffic conviction and have to appear in court, even if the DMV already returned your regular driver's license after the suspension period ended.

Fighting The Charge Is Your Best Bet. Learn About Your Options

A conditional/restricted license should only be a last resort. If you have been pulled over for a serious traffic offense, received a notice of suspension or violated the terms of a restricted/conditional license, now is the time to contact us.

Our lawyers can help you fight the ticket and the suspension. Call our office at 212-691-0175 or email us for your initial consultation.