The 20-Day Order Lets You Keep Driving after a DWI Conviction
If you wind up being convicted for Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) in New York, or related offenses (DWAI, Aggravated DWI, DWAI/Drugs, Drugs and Alcohol Combined DWAI), your driver’s license will be suspended/revoked for 90 days (DWAI), six months (DWI) or more depending upon the offense and any prior convictions or other penalty enhancements.
Full Driving Privileges During 20-Day StayA conditional license only allows you to drive for certain limited reasons, such as to and from work, school or doctor's appointments, or to run errands during a limited period each week. But during the period of the 20-Day Stay, your driver's license suspension is not being enforced. In other words, you have your full driving privileges during this 20-day period, the same as if your driver's license had not been suspended at all.
Take these Steps to Keep DrivingIf you are convicted of DWI, make sure your attorney asks for a 20-Day Stay of your license suspension at sentencing. This gives you 20 days to get your conditional license without losing your driving privileges. As soon as you receive the formal revocation notice from the DMV about your driver's license suspension, head down to the DMV to apply for the IDP and a conditional license. All Orange County DMVs have enforcement units that handle conditional or restricted use licenses, so you can apply at the Newburgh, Middletown or Port Jervis office, or wherever is most convenient. You should also have an Ignition Interlock Device installed on your vehicle during the 20-Day period. This device will already be required during the term of your probation or conditional discharge.