Whats the difference between a Hardship License and a Conditional License

There is a key difference in driving privileges regarding a hardship license and a conditional license. It’s important to understand the distinction between these two when charged with a DWI in the state of NY.

criminal-DWI-lawyer-david-zukherWhen charged with a DWI in the State of New York, there is an automatic administrative suspension of your license while the case is pending. This occurs at the initial appearance (arraignment). At that time, your attorney can help you make an application for a hardship license. This will allow you to drive to and from work, school, and to receive medical care for you or a family member. This is a to and from license only. If you drive for your job, this license is not appropriate for that situation.

30 days after you have been granted a hardship license, you may apply for a PCCL- Pre-conviction conditional license. This is done through the DMV. This license will allow you to drive for work until a resolution in the case is reached. Eligibility of this license is based on previous conditional licenses issued, and previous DWI charges.  It’s important when charged with a DWI that you have competent counsel experienced in this area of law to advise you of your rights and obligations in maintaining driving privileges. These are serious criminal charges that can impact every area of your life.  If you live in NY State, please feel free to call us at 315-701-2939 or CONTACT US ONLINE with any additional questions you may have.