Having points on your license is bad enough, but when you find yourself with a suspended license, it can feel overwhelming. Luckily, there are often ways to fix a suspended license. Hiring the right attorneys for the job is also very important.
The best thing is to avoid receiving a suspension of your driving privileges in New York altogether. Maintaining your driving privileges is very important. Keep your insurance rates as low as possible. When you receive a suspension, your insurance rates may skyrocket over the next 36 months.
Since all other states recognize and honor a New York suspension, it is illegal for you to drive anywhere in the United States. If you get caught driving in another state with a New York suspension, you face multiple issues. Not only do you have the first suspension to worry about, but also a new one. Multiple suspensions in various jurisdictions makes for insurance headaches and the restoration of your driving privileges very costly.
Driving on a Suspended License
If you are caught driving with a suspended license in New York, you will be arrested for VTL 511.1(a) Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle. This is considered a B Misdemeanor, and thus is a crime. You will be required to have an attorney represent you, and also face potential jail time. Simply put, driving with a suspended license is a serious offense. When an individual is aware of the suspension or should be aware, and just one suspension is in place, you have violated Section 511 of the Vehicle and Traffic Law.
For individuals caught driving with three (3) or more suspensions on three separate occasions , the charge is then elevated to an A Misdemeanor, resulting in more serious consequences. If a motorist is caught driving with ten or more suspensions occurring on ten separate occasions, they will be charged with the more serious crime of a felony.
Reasons for Suspension
There are numerous reasons as to why you may have your license suspended. Some of these include:
- Failing to pay a fine
- Neglecting to answer a summons or ticket
- Failing to pay a Driver Responsibility Assessment Fee (Whenever a motorist accumulates 6+ points in New York they must pay a fee of $300 and $75 for every point after that within 18 months. It is important to note that this is a separate fee from the fine and surcharge issued by the court.)
- Insurance Lapses
- Registration expiration
- Inspection expiration
Since some of the most common reasons for suspension are related to ignoring tickets and not paying fines and fees on tickets, quickly answering or paying can often resolve suspension – even after the deadline has already passed.
Even after answering a suspension ticket or paying a fine, you are still obligated to pay a suspension termination fee in order to once again obtain your driving privileges. A separate fee is necessary for each individual suspension.
Contact the New York Suspension Ticket Attorneys at AutoTrafficTickets.com
If you have received a criminal desk appearance ticket for a suspended license, it is important to consult with an experienced and knowledgeable New York traffic ticket attorney who understands the law and its potential consequences. Autotraffictickets.com attorneys will fight to maintain your driving privileges. To learn more or to schedule a free consultation, contact us online or call us at 855-FIX-TIXX | 855-349-8499 today.
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