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Long Island man arrested, accused of driving on suspended license

In New York and other states, there are a number of reasons for which a person’s driver’s license could be suspended or revoked. Threat of a suspended license is, in many cases, meant to act as a deterrent to prevent drivers from committing traffic violations. Suspending or revoking a driver’s license is a more sever consequence than fines or points on your license, but is not quite as severe as a jail sentence. For the most part, drivers submit to following traffic laws in order to avoid penalties such as license suspensions and maintain roadway safety, but there are other drivers who do not.

Although the majority of his driver’s license suspensions have resulted from neglecting to pay fines and respond to tickets, a man was recently arrested in Long Island for allegedly driving on a suspended license. The man reportedly has 201 license suspensions, 191 of which are for fine or ticket related, on his record. No information was released regarding the cause for the other driver’s license suspensions. He now is purportedly facing a felony charge for driving on a suspended driver’s license more than 20 times.

Law enforcement reportedly took the man into custody after running his driver’s license record through the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) during a routine stop for having a brake light out. According to reports, the driver’s bail has been set at $10,000, but it is unknown to the public at this time whether he intends to post bail prior to his upcoming hearing.

It may be a good idea to secure legal representation if your driver’s license has been suspended or revoked. An attorney will not only be able to answer any questions and address any concerns that you may have, they will also ensure your rights are upheld in court. 

Source: NBC New York, “Driver With 201 License Suspensions Arrested”, May 14, 2013

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