The New York Department of Motor Vehicles may suspend or revoke a person’s driver license if he or she is convicted of multiple traffic violations or a single serious violation. It is illegal for an individual to drive while his or her driver license is revoked or suspended. In the state of New York, there are two categories of suspension: definite and indefinite. A driver license may be revoked for a number of reasons.
An individual who receives a definite suspension order cannot drive until the period of the suspension ends. The most common reasons the DMV will issue a definite suspension are: Driving without liability insurance, conviction on a drunk or drugged driving charge, failure to follow rules for junior drivers and receiving too many traffic violations during a period of time. Typically, the payment of a termination fee is required before an individual can drive again following a definite suspension.
Indefinite license suspensions do not have a specified end-date; rather, they run until the suspended driver performs a specified action. They are commonly issued for failure to pay or answer a traffic ticket, failure to pay child support or New York state taxes, failure to file an accident report or driving without liability insurance.
Individuals whose driver licenses have been revoked must apply for a new license once the period of revocation has expired. Typically, this requires approval from the DMV. A person’s license may be revoked for involvement in a car accident while uninsured, conviction of a drunk or drugged driving charge, failure of a DMV road test or other reasons.
In a case where a person’s driver license has been revoked or suspended, an attorney may be able to help. An attorney with experience working with the New York DMV may be able to appeal a suspension or secure a conditional license. An attorney might draft and file documents to begin the appeal process or argue on behalf of the client during official proceedings.