If you don’t know the level of responsibility that comes from being a motorist in New York, just find yourself stopped by a Suffolk County police officer for a traffic ticket and you’ll soon find out. You could actually lose your driving privileges when your violation results in a suspended license. You may not know that you have a suspended license until one of our lawyers at The Glass Law Group mentioned it to you. Your license may have been suspended for a number of reasons. You may not have shown up in court when you were scheduled to do so or perhaps you honestly forgot to pay the fine. These things will, unfortunately, lead to your license being suspended. Since most motorists need to be able to drive to and from work, we want you to know about the options that are available to you. This is why we urge you to contact the law office of The Glass Law Group to discuss your case. Our Suffolk County Suspended License Lawyer will make sure you fully understand what is required to get you back on the road again.
How You Might Get a Suspended License in Suffolk County
Since you are looking at our website, it is likely that you are trying to find out more about receiving a suspended license ticket. We don’t expect motorists to know every reason they could receive this type of ticket and that is why we have highlighted some of the most common reasons Suffolk County motorists find themselves in this situation:
Not filing a motor vehicle accident report
Not responding to a traffic ticket
Failure to pay child support
Not paying a fine
Acquiring more than 11 points during an 18-month period
Conviction of 3 speeding tickets or misdemeanors in 18-months
Don’t Drive With a Suspended License
If you hear that you have been charged with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle, this is the same as driving with a suspended license. Depending on the circumstances of your specific case, this could be considered a misdemeanor or a felony. It is also possible that you have heard that you could face jail time if you were caught driving with a suspended license? Unfortunately, this is true. You may be required to spend as much as 24-hours in jail before arraignment. The objective of our attorney at The Glass Law Group is to make sure that you are able to get your driving privileges back as quickly as possible. If you continue driving with a suspended license, it will be extremely difficult for us to do this. Instead of doing something so drastic, call our suspended license attorney and allow them to handle your case and get you back on the road
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.
We highly recommend that you DO NOT PLEAD GUILTY to driving with a suspended license. Instead, consult with our attorney to determine whether this is in your best interest. You have options and you should know what they are.