There are some motorists who don’t quite understand the level of responsibility that comes with driving. If you are not a responsible driver, you will, unfortunately, have to keep the consequences that result from your negligence. One of the things that could occur is the loss of your driving privileges if your license is suspended. In Nassau County, NY when a motorist calls The Glass Law Group about a traffic ticket, they don’t even realize that they are driving with a suspended license. It could be a result of not appearing in court when you were supposed to or for failure to pay a fine. Not taking your driving privileges seriously can result in some pretty serious consequences for you. We understand that you likely have to drive to drive and that it isn’t really an option not to. However, if you have a suspended license and want to be able to continue to drive, legally, contacting our Nassau Count Suspended License Lawyer will help you do this.
Ways of Getting a Suspended License in Nassau County
If you aren’t an attorney, we wouldn’t expect you to know the various reasons why your license could be suspended in Nassau County, NY. However, it would serve you well to know some of the most common reasons that motorists end up getting a suspended license so that you can avoid it. Below are some of the most common reasons Nassau County motorists receive a suspended license:
- Not filing a motor vehicle accident report
Not responding to a traffic ticket
Acquiring more than 11 points during an 18-month period
Conviction of 3 speeding tickets or misdemeanors in 18-months
Failure to pay child support
Not paying a fine
Never Drive With a Suspended License
A charge of Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle in New York is actually a charge of driving with a suspended license. It can be considered either a felony or misdemeanor, depending on the specific case. You may have heard somewhere that you could go to jail for driving with a suspended license? This is not just hearsay; it is true. A person driving with a suspended license in Nassau County could find themselves jailed for 24-hours before an arraignment. The aim of our attorneys at The Glass Law Group is to make sure you’re able to continue driving by getting you privileges back. Don’t make the situation any worse than it already is by driving with a suspended license. Instead, contact our suspended license lawyers to handle your case and get back on the road as quickly as possible.
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 by the prison 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.
Whatever you do, DO NOT PLEAD GUILTY to a suspended license charge. Speak with one of our professional attorneys at The Glass Law Group to find out what your options first. Also, pleading guilty could make matters worse for you. We’ll advise you of the best course of action for your specific case.