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Suspended license leads to City Council candidate arrest

Often times, when people hear about drivers that have arrested for driving with a suspended driver’s license, they may assume that the person is not very responsible or that they are trying to get away with something else. That may or may not be the case and the reality is that any New York driver is a candidate for this type of violation and deserves the right to have their situation handled and resolved properly.

Early this month, a New York City Council candidate was the subject of a suspended license arrest. Noah Gotbaum was initially stopped by police late on a Monday morning for talking on his cell phone while driving—without the use of an earpiece or other hands-free device. Upon looking up his British driver’s license, the police officer learned that the driver’s license was suspended and proceeded to arrested Gotbaum, also giving him a citation for a desk appearance.

Gotbaum’s license suspension was the result of an unpaid ticket for a seatbelt-related violation in February 2013. According to news sources, the original ticket has now been paid and his license has been reinstated. Additionally, the potential Council member is seeking to renew his expired New York driver’s license.

Situations like this can become complicated very easily and are not always so easily resolved. If you have problems resulting from a suspended or revoked driver’s license, it can be well worth your time to talk to an attorney to learn how you can most efficiently reinstate your driving privileges.

Source: New York Daily News, “City Council candidate Noah Gotbaum arrested over license violation,” Thomas Tracy, September 3, 2013

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