“I have not yet been convicted of a DWI in Buffalo but my court date is in April. Am I allowed to participate in the drinking and driving program and complete all the necessary steps in a state other than New York?”

 

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It is certainly possible, but your Criminal Defense Attorney in Buffalo Ny must obtain permission from the judge, and he must approve the equivalent Drinking Drivers Program in the new State.  In order for the Judge to approve this request, however, sufficient facts must be brought to his attention which demonstrate the program is similar enough to the program in New York State. Importantly, the program in New York State is not the exact same as the program in other states. Some programs are shorter, others are longer, and others have different requirements.

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You may also want to consider that taking the Drinking and Driving Program in another State may alert them to your conviction in New York and increase the possibility that the new State will suspend or revoke your driving privileges. Accordingly, you or your Criminal Defense Attorney Buffalo Ny should obtain permission from the court to complete the Drinking and Driving Program in another state before you plead guilty. If, on the other hand, you are unable to get permission from the court to complete the program outside of New York State, then you will not have to worry about possibly violating the terms of your plea deal by failing to complete the program in New York.

Again, consult your Criminal Defense Attorney in Buffalo NY before taking any additional action.

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