For certain criminal violations, particularly those involving a motor vehicle, penalties upon conviction can include jail time, fines, and the suspension or revocation of your driver’s license. As the average person depends heavily on their automobile for day-to-day errands and duties, this penalty is often the most damaging of them all.
Criminal convictions that could feasibly impact your driver’s license are:
Unless you are ready to pay extensively for cab or ridesharing services until your license is reinstated, you need to fight for your driving privileges. At the Law Office of Dennis R. Vetrano, Jr., LLC, our Dutchess County criminal defense attorneys are ready to put our decades of total legal experience to good use for your license suspension or revocation case. With our unrivaled negotiation skills and knowledge of criminal law, we may be able to find a way to save your driver’s license, such as with a sentencing reduction or case dismissal.
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How does a license suspension compare and contrast to a license revocation? In general, a suspension is temporary and begins with an ending date already set. Once the suspension ends, you can go to the New York Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and pay for it to be reinstated.
A license revocation is permanent, banning the individual from ever driving in the state. In order to undo a revocation, you will likely need the assistance of a license defense attorney, but expect difficulties and resistance from the DMV. If you are approved to get your license back after a revocation, then it is also likely you will need to reapply for it as if you never had one before, including completing driver’s training and testing.
In some cases, your driver’s license is going to be suspended regardless of the efforts of your criminal defense attorney. This is mostly due to the fact that license suspensions are rooted in the DMV, which is an administration, not a branch of the criminal justice system. If the DMV wants to suspend your license and cannot be convinced otherwise, there is not much room to maneuver, as you might have been able to with a criminal appeal.
If or when your license is suspended, you may be able to secure a hardship license for the duration of the suspension. Hardship licenses allow you to drive to and from places of absolute necessity. Most commonly, a hardship license permits its holder to travel to and from work, doctor’s appointments, court, and possibly to the schools of their children. Driving anywhere else will cause the hardship license to be revoked and could cause additional problems for the driver’s actual license.
An effective strategy to prevent the suspension or revocation of your license often hinges upon how quickly you seek legal counsel. Our Dutchess County criminal defense lawyers are renowned for reacting without delay when it comes to managing our clients’ cases. Yet we do not act with haste. We are always careful and precise, steering your case to success with each step.