Driving is a privilege that also comes with a great deal of responsibility. If you are not responsible you may have to deal with certain consequences, such as having your license suspended. In many cases, when a motorist in Long Island contacts us to assist them with a traffic ticket, they don’t even realize that they have a suspended license. It is likely for not appearing in court or paying a fine. Whatever the reason, this could result in some pretty serious consequences. Driving with a suspended license is something that you don’t want to do, as it is taken very seriously in New York. If you don’t have the right lawyer to represent you, you could find yourself sitting in prison with a suspended license.
How to Get Your Long Island License Suspended
We don’t expect you to know all of the reasons that your license could be suspended. However, it would certainly benefit you to know the reasons so that you don’t do anything that could result in your receiving a suspended license. Here are the most common reasons that motorists in New York have their license suspended:
- Acquiring more than 11 points during an 18-month period
Conviction of 3 speeding tickets or misdemeanors in 18-months
Not responding to a traffic ticket
Not paying a fine
Not filing a motor vehicle accident report
Failure to pay child support
Don’t Drive With a Suspended License
Driving with a suspended license in New York is referred to as Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle in New York and is considered a crime. This is either a misdemeanor or felony based on your specific case. The worst thing that can happen to you when you are stopped while driving with a suspended license is that you will be arrested and jailed for 24-hours awaiting an arraignment. Our goal at The Glass Law Group is to help you get your driving privileges back. You could make matters worse by driving while your license is suspended. Instead of doing this, allow our suspended license lawyers represent your case and restore your license.
Under the New York State Law there are several types of license violations that will result in the suspension of your license, which includes the following:
VTL 509.1 Driving without a license
Operating a vehicle without a license in violation of VTL 509.1 is a traffic infraction, not a misdemeanor. Although not a crime, the court may still impose a sentence of incarceration.
VTL 511.1a Aggravated unlicensed operation in the 3rd degree.
Aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the 3rd degree (VTL 511.1a) is a misdemeanor. If you receive a summons for driving with a suspended license and you have only one or two non-alcohol related suspensions on your license, you will usually be charged with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the 3rd degree (VTL 511.1a). A conviction to VTL 511.1a will result in a criminal record unless the court grants youthful status.
VTL 511.2a Aggravated unlicensed operation in the 2nd degree.
Aggravated unlicensed operation in the 2nd degree (VTL 511.2a) involves 3 or more suspensions on 3 or more dates or a suspension or revocation from an alcohol-related offense, A motorist may also be charged with VTL 511.2a if the original suspension or revocation was the result of a chemical test refusal or drug-related violation, or if the original suspension was a mandatory suspension pending prosecution of an alcohol-related offense.
VTL 511.2a is a more serious than VTL 511.a. A conviction to VTL 511.2a, by law, requires a mandatory sentence of either jail and/or probation in addition to minimum $500 fine and mandatory surcharge.
511.3 Aggravated unlicensed operation in the 1st degree.
Aggravated Unlicensed Operation in the 1st Degree (VTL 511.3) is a Felony. A motorist may be charged with VTL 511.3 if there are 10 or more suspensions on his or her New York Driver’s license or New York Drivers record, on 10 or more dates. A driver may also be charged with VTL 511.3 if the driver is operating a vehicle while impaired or intoxicated, with a license or driving privilege currently under suspension or revocation for a chemical test refusal or an alcohol or drug-related violation.
A conviction for VTL 511.3 is punishable imprisonment of up to 4 years or 5 years probation or a combination of incarceration and 5 years probation. In addition, there is a mandatory fine of $500.00 to $5,000.00 for a conviction to this offense.
Don’t Plead Guilty to a Long Island Suspended License Ticket – Consult with The Glass Law Group and learn more about the consequences of doing this. You don’t want to make the problem worse by pleading guilty. Let us guide you in the right direction.