Many Buffalo area drivers who are convicted of a drinking and driving offense will need to take a course to obtain a conditional driver’s license, which allows them to continue driving for work, school and other necessities.
This course is not the same as the Motor Vehicle Accident Prevention Course that is available to any New York State driver, either in a classroom setting or online.
Successful completion of the Motor Vehicle Accident Prevention Course will result in a reduction of up to four points on the driver’s license.
Unfortunately for individuals convicted of drinking and driving, the suspension or revocation of driving privileges associated with the conviction is not based on the point system applicable to most other moving violations.
As a result, completion of the Motor Vehicle Accident Prevention Course has no direct impact on the legal consequences of a drinking and driving conviction.
Of course, if the driver was convicted of other moving violations in addition to the drinking and driving offense, he or she may benefit from having the points associated with these other offenses removed from his or her driver’s license.
It should also be noted that insurance companies offer a discount to individuals who have completed the Motor Vehicle Accident Prevention Course.
While this does not directly impact the drinking and driving conviction, many drivers convicted of alcohol-related driving offenses find that their auto insurance premiums increase dramatically.
As a result, anything that can be done to help offset at least part of the increase may be beneficial to the driver.
It does not, however, directly impact the drinking and driving prosecution or any sentence arising from a conviction.
We are experienced DWI lawyers who can help you navigate the legal system following an arrest.
If you have been stopped for drinking and driving and need help, call us at 716-631-9999 for a free consultation.