In New York, as in other states, you can lose your driving privileges for a number of different reasons. Suspension or revocation can result from certain convictions, driving offenses, and even failing to pay child support. Driving while your license is suspended or revoked is a crime.
Some of the violations, convictions, and other reasons a New York drive could face license suspension or revocation include:
But this is just a partial list—there are many other reasons your license may be suspended or revoked.
The period of time your license is suspended or revoked depends on the circumstances. After your period of suspension or revocation, you typically must pay a reinstatement fee and might need to meet other requirements before you can lawfully drive again. Reinstatement fees normally range from $50 to $100 depending on the reason for the original suspension or revocation.
In many situations, motorists who drive during a suspension or revocation will be charged with "third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation"—a third-degree misdemeanor. A conviction carries $200 to $500 in fines and up to 30 days in jail.
However, in certain situations, you may be charged with a more serious offense, "second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation." For example, if the original suspension or revocation was related to a DWI, the driver would normally be charged with second-degree unlicensed operation. A conviction for this offense is a misdemeanor and, depending on the circumstances, carries:
If you are driving under the influence while your license is suspended, you have a specified number of previous convictions, or certain other aggravating conditions apply, you can be charged with "first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation." The charge is a class E felony and carries $500 to $5,000 in fines and up to four years in prison.
If you're arrested for driving with a suspended or revoked license, it's a good idea to get in contact with an experienced defense attorney. A qualified lawyer can tell you how the law applies in your situation and help you decide on how best to handle your case.