Serious Consequences Resulting from Driving with a Suspended License in NY

A Buffalo attorney defending your right to drive

Driving gives you a sense of freedom. It can be devastating to have your license suspended or revoked. At the Buffalo office of Arthur L. Pressman, Attorney at Law, we help restore your driving privileges. If your driver license has been suspended or revoked, the end result is the same — you lose your privilege to drive in New York State.

What is license suspension and revocation?

Suspension is having your license taken away for a period of time before it is returned to you. You may be required to pay a suspension termination fee to get it back. Revocation is more severe. It means that your license has been voided. Revocation actually terminates your license indefinitely or for a specified amount of time. Once the revocation period is over, you must re-apply to the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to obtain a new license and pay a license re-application fee. Your application may be denied if you have a bad driving record or fail to meet other DMV requirements. Driving with a suspended license is a criminal offense in New York.

Causes for a license suspension or revocation in New York

In the state of New York, your license can be suspended or revoked for a host of reasons. Some include the following:

  • Accumulation of points: If your driving record accumulates 11 or more points within an 18-month period, you may face suspension by either the DMV or a judge.
  • Failure to answer a traffic summons: When a traffic summons is given, failure to respond within the time limit can result in a revoked or suspended license.
  • Failure to pay fines: If you refuse to pay mandatory fees, such as surcharges, suspension-termination fees or crime victim assistance program fees, your license may be suspended or revoked.
  • Payment with a bad check: Submission of a bad check to the DMV is cause for suspension in New York.
  • Driving while ability impaired by a drug (other than alcohol) (DWAI-Drug): This results in an automatic six-month license suspension.
  • Driving while ability-impaired by alcohol (DWAI-Alcohol): This results in an automatic 90-day license suspension.

Revocation is mandatory in the following situations:

  • DWAI committed within five years of any previous DWAI: Six-month revocation
  • Driving while intoxicated (DWI): Six-month revocation
  • Three speeding violations committed within 18 months: Six-month revocation
  • Leaving the scene of a fatal or personal injury accident: Six-month revocation
  • Refusal to submit to a chemical test: One-year revocation
  • Conviction for uninsured operation or permitting uninsured operation: One-year revocation

Always prepared with a game plan

If your license has already been suspended or revoked, our experienced traffic attorney devises a plan that gets you back on the road as quickly as possible while tactfully addressing the points, fines, surcharges and insurance rates. Trust in Arthur Pressman. His 27 years of experience can ensure that you receive thorough legal representation.

Protecting your freedom to drive

Not having the freedom to drive can have severe consequences to your livelihood. Let us fight to protect your rights. If you or a family member needs an experienced attorney who is familiar with NY state law, contact the office of Arthur L. Pressman, Attorney at Law at (716) 984-1795 or online. Whether you live in Buffalo, Amherst, Cheektowaga, or anywhere else in New York, we can help restore your license. For your convenience, our office is on the subway line, and we offer a free initial phone consultation seven days a week. In addition, you may pay your attorney fees online.

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