Suspended License Lawyers in New York City
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In New York, certain traffic violations can result in the loss of driving privileges for varying lengths of time. Not being able to drive can place a tremendous strain on individuals and families, limiting their ability to attend work, school, and get around.
If your license has been suspended, or you have been arrested for driving during your suspension period, the traffic lawyers at Stites Law are here to help. Our New York City suspended license attorneys have extensive knowledge of the legal system and have obtained “not guilty” verdicts in 90% of the cases we have handled.
Reasons for License Suspension in NYC
One of the most devastating effects of serious and excessive traffic violations is driver’s license suspension. Once a license is suspended, an individual cannot drive a vehicle until the term is complete or until a restricted license is issued.
There are several reasons that a driver’s license may be suspended, including:
- 11 or more points on a license within 18 months
- Three or more traffic violations within an 18-month period
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Driving without insurance
- Reckless driving
- Leaving the scene of an accident
- Fleeing an officer
- Improperly passing a school bus
- Reckless speeding or street racing
What Is a Restricted License?
If you are at risk of losing your driving rights, the odds are against you. However, with a skilled legal team on your side, you can put forth a strong case to keep your license. In some cases, you may even be eligible for the less severe penalty of a restricted license.
A restricted license gives individuals the ability to:
- Travel to work or school
- Transport a child to and from daycare or school
- Drive to the court or DMV for issues pertaining to a restricted license
- Travel to and from medical facilities for healthcare
The Risks of Driving on a Suspended License in New York
If your license is suspended, and you fail to get a restricted license, you may be tempted to drive anyway. This is a serious crime in the eyes of the law and can be charged as a misdemeanor or felony, depending on the circumstances.
Driving during your suspension period could lead to:
- Jail time
- Fines of up to $5,000
- Loss of your car
- License revocation
- Mandatory probation
Can You Go to Jail for Driving on a Suspended License?
In New York, you can face misdemeanor or felony charges for driving on a suspended license depending on the surrounding circumstances. If you are charged with a misdemeanor for driving on a suspended license you may face the following jail sentences:
- Third degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle: up to 30 days in jail
- Second degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle: up to 180 days in jail
You can be charged with first degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle if you were caught driving under the influence on a suspended license. This felony charge will also likely result in incarceration.
If you have been arrested for driving while your license is suspended, our experienced New York City suspended license attorneys at Stites Law can represent you. No matter how bleak your situation may seem, turn to us for personalized counsel and aggressive representation. If there is a way to get your charges reduced or dropped, we can find it.