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Non-Alcohol or Drug Violations That Lead to DL Revocation

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We are continuing in this blog with our ongoing exploration of criminal acts and violations that can lead to having your New York driver’s license suspended. Not all violations that warrant driver privilege suspension are connected to drugs or alcohol. Below, we explain the non-alcohol and non-drug crimes and violations that carry driver privilege suspension as a penalty in New York. Call an experienced New York criminal defense lawyer if you have been arrested or charged with a crime in the Hudson Valley or New York City.

Crimes and Violations Punishable by License Suspension

A number of violations unrelated to alcohol or drugs can result in suspension or revocation of a driver’s license. These violations include:

  • Homicide, assault, or criminal negligence resulting in death from operation of a motor vehicle: Revocation for 6 months.
  • False statement in a DMV application or substituting another driver for a driving test: Revocation for 6 months to 1 year.
  • Speed contest: Revocation for 6 months, or up to 1 year for a second speed contest within a year.
  • 3 speeding or other misdemeanor traffic violations within 18 months: Revocation for 6 months.
  • 3 violations for passing a stopped school bus within 3 years: Revocation for 6 months.
  • Fleeing the scene of an accident involving personal injury: Revocation for 6 months.
  • Driving without insurance or permitting someone else to drive your uninsured vehicle: Revocation for at least 1 year.

New drivers face additional penalties for traffic violations. New drivers who are convicted of speeding, reckless driving, participating in a race, following too closely, or any two other traffic violations will have their license suspended for 60 days and will extend their term of probationary driving privileges. Conviction during the second probationary period will lead to a 6-month license revocation.

Other Grounds for Revocation/Suspension

There are additional situations under which you could have your driver’s license revoked in New York. These circumstances include:

  • Failing to answer a ticket or pay a fine: Failing to respond to a traffic ticket or pay a fine can lead to license suspension. Failing to respond to at least 20 tickets can lead to misdemeanor charges of “aggravated failure to answer tickets” or “failure to pay fines.”
  • Involvement in a fatal crash: If you were involved in a fatal traffic crash, even if you were not charged with a violation, you might still have your driver’s license revoked or suspended after a DMV hearing.
  • Failure to pay fees: If you submit a bad check to the DMV, fail to satisfy a court judgment, or fail to pay a Driver Responsibility Assessment, your license could be suspended until you correct the defect.

Seasoned Advice and Representation for Hudson Valley Criminal Defendants

If you have been arrested or charged with a misdemeanor or felony in New York, call Dupée & Monroe, P.C., to get help from a knowledgeable and passionate criminal defense lawyer. From our offices in Goshen, we represent clients charged with all manner of criminal offenses in Orange County and throughout the Hudson Valley.

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