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Not all drivers obey license suspensions

For drivers who hit the road with a suspended license, there can be serious consequences. New York and other individual states all have their own penalties for motorists who drive with a revoked driver's license, like fines, points on their license or permanent license suspension. Depending on the state, a driver could even face jail time for getting caught driving with a suspended license.

One man allegedly continued to drive his vehicle after being convicted of multiple traffic offenses and even having his license revoked for five years. Due to his repeated behavior, the state's department of highway safety said he was labeled a habitual offender. Three days after being given this classification, the man allegedly hit a patrol car after losing control of his vehicle; authorities allege that he was driving close to 110 miles per hour at the time.

Authorities have not reported what, if any, charges the man could be facing as a result of this most recent driving with a suspended license incident and accident. He could be ordered to pay additional fines, have his license suspension extended or possibly even face jail time, depending on the charges.

Not all states have the same traffic laws or consequences for breaking those laws. If you have a suspended driver's license in New York, or anywhere for that matter, it may be a good idea to speak with an attorney to make sure you understand the violations you are accused of and the penalties that come with them. An attorney may also be able to help you reduce court fees and go about reinstating your license once your suspension has been served.

Source: Sun Sentinel, "Suspended driver's license no deterrent for some motorists", Wayne K. Roustan, March 22, 2013

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