New York Driver Responsibility Assessment Attorneys

Middletown DWI Defense Lawyers

New York State Driver Responsibility Program

On November 18, 2004, New York's Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) instituted its "Driver Responsibility Program." Like many other government agencies and initiatives, this "program" has been given a name that contradicts or obscures what it really is.

To put it simply, the driver responsibility program is a three-year tax on individuals convicted of an alcohol or drug-related driving offense in New York, on anyone who refuses a breathalyzer test, and on anyone who accumulates more than six driving record points in less than 18 months.

How much is the tax? If you refused a breathalyzer or were convicted of a DWI or drug-related traffic offense in New York, the current driver responsibility "assessment" is $250 each year for three years. If you have been required to "participate" in the driver responsibility program because of traffic points which are not alcohol or drug-related (and only those points received in New York, Quebec or Ontario apply), the assessment is $100 each year for three years. If you receive any new traffic violations or are convicted of another DWI while you are "enrolled" in the program, addition assessments may be imposed.

In any case — and whether you reside in New York, in another state or in another country such as Canada — you will receive a statement from the New York DMV telling you how much you have to pay and the date that your payment is due. If you do not pay the driver responsibility assessment or try to pay less than the amount listed on your statement, New York will suspend your drivers' license and driving privileges. You can also pay the total three-year assessment (either $750 or $300) in full at any time.

Who's Fighting for You?

For answers to other questions you may have about driver responsibility assessments or to speak with an experienced lawyer about a recent DWI arrest — call or contact Larkin, Ingrassia & Tepermayster, LLP for a free consultation.

Our attorneys represent local, out-of-town and out-of-state drivers arrested for DWI and other serious traffic offenses on Interstates I-87 (NYS Thruway) or I-84, U.S. Route 9W, the Palisades Interstate Parkway, State Routes 6, 17 (86) or 59, and on other Hudson Valley roadways. In the Newburgh and Middletown areas, you can reach us at 845-234-4852. Outside of this area code, dial 877-278-5062 (toll free).

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