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What are the different types of suspended license in New York?

In New York, there are certain traffic violations that can lead to a driver’s license suspension. This can cause major life disruptions, have insurance impacts and cause innumerable problems. When confronted with allegations that can lead to a suspended license, it is imperative to have a strong defense. After the suspension, it is also important to get legal help to restore driving privileges. First, it is vital to understand the difference between acts that can lead to a definite suspension and an indefinite suspension. This is crucial for the proper defense strategy.

With any suspension, the person will lose driving privileges. With a definite suspension, the person will know when the suspension will end. During that time, the person cannot drive. After a termination fee is paid, the driving privileges will be restored. Reasons for a definite suspension include: not having insurance; a conviction for driving under the influence; receiving too many traffic tickets in a certain time-period; or failure to follow the regulations for junior drivers.

When there is an indefinite suspension, there is no set time at which the driving privileges will be restored. The following issues can result in an indefinite suspension: not answering a traffic ticket; not paying a fine for a traffic ticket; having an accident and failing to file a report; not paying child support; having state tax debts that are unpaid; and not having insurance.

For those who are confronted with the prospect of a driver’s license suspension, having legal assistance to defend against the charges can be important to avoid losing their driving privileges. Losing a driver’s license can hinder a person’s job prospects, impact their ability to maintain a job they already have, and lead to other problems if they are caught driving while on a suspended license. A law firm that assists clients with traffic violations should be contacted to avoid a suspension or to have the suspension lifted. This is crucial when facing these allegations and the potential of a driver’s license suspension.

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