In New York City, as well as in other cities and towns throughout the U.S., having a driver’s license is a privilege. When drivers violate certain laws, particularly traffic laws, the department of motor vehicles can suspend and even revoke that privilege. Despite the ability to suspend and revoke drivers’ licenses, it can be difficult for police to impose those suspensions, often resulting in more time being added onto the suspension, in addition to increased fines and even the possibility of a revocation hearing.
Recently, one man’s arrest brought much attention to the complexity of enforcing a suspended license. According to reports, a man who was arrested in upstate New York was found to have 25 suspensions on his driving record and at least one other arrest for driving with a suspended driver’s license.
14 of the suspensions were reportedly issued for not paying fines and for failing to appear at a court hearing. It remains unknown to the public whether or not the fines and court hearing were related to his unlicensed operation arrest. Due to the man’s history of continuing to drive with a suspended license, as well as his repeated failures to comply with court orders, the judge set his bail at $35,000. It was not reported if he plans to make the bail or if he will remain in custody until a trial.
People who have had their driver’s license suspended or revoked may find it of benefit to obtain legal representation. An attorney will be able to address any concerns you may have, as well as help you go about getting your license reinstated when you are able.
Source: WIVB 4, “Cops: Speeding driver has 25 suspensions”, Lou Raguse, May 13, 2013