Most of us need our driving licenses on a daily basis for so many things – work, school, errands, and other tasks – so a suspension can be a terrible thing and maybe something that you may want to avoid.
Several actions, like DWI/DUI, failing to answer a traffic ticket or too many points on your license, can cause you to have your license suspended, which means that you cannot drive. Let me repeat that if your license is suspended you are legally not allowed to drive. If you are caught driving with a suspended license you will be charged with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle which is a misdemeanor. In order to get your license back you have to address the reason why it was suspended in the first place and then you need to pay a fee to have it re-instated.
In New York State, if you don’t pay a fine or answer a ticket the DMV can and will suspend your license. Your license will remain suspended until you address the ticket itself and pay a suspension lift fee. If this happens you must clear the suspension before you are legally allowed to drive and of course, you will have to pay fines, which vary depending on what the suspension was for.
What happens if you don’t clear your suspended license and you are pulled over? If you are caught driving with a suspended license the police can arrest you and you will be charged with a misdemeanor. At that point, you can be arrested and you will need a lawyer in order to make sure your rights are protected and you don’t go to jail for longer than you should.
If you or someone you know has been caught driving with a suspended license, contact Danielle M. Papa at (516) 238-6601 24/7.