What To Do After You Lose Your New York Driver’s License Following a DUI

A conviction for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is always worth fighting to avoid criminal penalties and the other negative consequences. Even a first-time DUI conviction could result in a license suspension, a hefty fine and a period of incarceration. The suspension of your driving privileges can be just as debilitating as incarceration, leading you to take desperate measures. If you wish to avoid a license suspension, please read on, then contact an experienced Nassau County DUI lawyer to learn what to do after you lose your New York driver’s license following a DUI.

What to do after you lose your New York driver’s license following a DUI

If you lose your New York state driver’s license following an arrest or conviction for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, you should not drive under any circumstances. Instead, you should walk or take a taxi, bus or train to your work, school or doctor’s office. If you find this too prohibitive, you should reach out to a skilled Nassau County criminal defense attorney to help you obtain a hardship license.

What is a hardship license in New York?

A hardship license is a limited license granted to a driver whose license has been suspended or revoked due to an alcohol or drug related issue. If the driver qualifies for it, he or she will be allowed to drive again, under restrictions placed on the license by the court.

How do you get a hardship license after you lose your New York driver’s license?

To obtain a hardship license, you must testify at a “Hardship Hearing,” which is conducted by the judge within three days of your arraignment, but frequently, on the same day as the arraignment. A qualified legal professional will be better prepared to document and present the evidence necessary to prove your case. The evidence presented by your lawyer should attest to the following:

  • Proof of employment, such as a recent paystub
  • Proof of your address, such as a utility bill
  • Proof of attendance at an approved educational institution, if applicable
  • Proof of medical appointments, if applicable
  • Proof of the prohibitive costs of  taxis, trains, buses, et cetera

Obtaining a hardship license will not be easy. Do not go to court without a seasoned legal professional on your side.


Whether you need a Nassau County Criminal Defense Lawyer or traffic ticket attorney, The Law Office of Jacob A. Rudman is here to help. Our firm has significant experience representing clients facing a wide range of criminal charges, including DUIs, drug crimes, domestic violence, assault, juvenile crimes, and more. If you have been issued a traffic ticket, it is important to contact us today. We zealously represent clients facing tickets for speeding, reckless driving, driving without a license, and those caught using a mobile device. Contact us today to schedule your first consultation with our trusted legal team.

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