Driver's licenses are often taken for granted. It is easy to forget that little plastic card is a privilege. For motorists who regularly violate traffic laws, that privilege can be taken away. There are a number of reasons one's driver's license could be suspended, such as habitual traffic violations, serious traffic infractions, failure to appear at court hearings and more. In the event a person's license is revoked, either temporarily or permanently, it is expected that they will not get behind the wheel until it has been reinstated. New York and other states' drivers who are caught driving with a suspended license, regardless of whether it was knowing or unknowing, could face serious consequences.
A Springville woman recently accused of operating a vehicle with a suspended driver's license is now facing a myriad of charges. In addition to being charged for driving without a license, she also faces charges for leaving an accident scene and drug-related DWI. It was not reported whether or not the woman knew her license was suspended at the time of her arrest. If found guilty, the ramifications for her alleged actions could include fines, points on her license, a permanently revoked driver's license or even jail time.
According to law enforcement, the woman was determined not to be under the influence of alcohol but did fail a field sobriety test. A report from another motorist who became concerned about the woman when they witnessed her driving irregularly led to police arresting the woman. She submitted a blood sample for testing, but the results have not been released.
It may be beneficial for anyone who has had his or her driver's license suspended to consult with an attorney. Legal counsel can explain options, answer questions and, when the time comes, help get your license reinstated.
Source: WIVB Channel 4, "Mom picking up kids charged with DWI", April 18, 2013