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Suspended or Revoked Licenses Archives

New York man continues to drive, despite 25 license suspensions

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.

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.

Accident in New York allegedly caused by suspended driver

Criminal and traffic courts, in conjunction with the New York Department of Motor Vehicles, may suspend a driver’s license for certain traffic violations or for repeated offenses. The goal of a suspended license is to keep a driver who does not obey traffic laws off the roads. Motorists found to be operating a vehicle despite a suspended driver’s license could face more severe penalties for traffic offenses, as well as for unlicensed driving.

New York woman caught driving with suspended license

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.

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.

How did a man who has never been to NYC get a traffic ticket in Brooklyn?

Last month, a Buffalo man was informed that the state Department of Motor Vehicles had suspended his driver's license for nonpayment of a traffic violation issued to him while he was in New York City.

Woman sets Windy City record after receiving 687 parking tickets

We all know how frustrating it can be to receive a traffic violation or, even worse, a parking ticket. You might be faced with the prospect of having to fight a costly ticket even though you did absolutely nothing wrong.

DMV typo causes accidental license suspension

There is no question that a suspended license can prove to be a major obstacle in a person's life. Not only will they have to attempt to apply for a restricted or conditional license, they will also have to adjust their schedules (i.e. driving to work, school, etc.) and face increased insurance premiums.

An eye toward the future: vision test no longer required for license renewals

As you already know, your driver's license will be suspended or revoked unless you meet certain requirements here in the state of New York. For example, when the time comes to renew your driver's license, you are more than likely accustomed to traveling to the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) - and perhaps standing in line for quite some time - in order to take a mandatory vision test.

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