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Why you don’t want to have your licence suspended

Are you facing the possibility of having your driving license suspended? It may not seem like a big deal to drive without a license. However, it could affect your freedom and the ability to regain your legal driving privileges.

There are all sorts of reasons people end up losing their driving privileges, such as too many traffic tickets, unpaid parking citations, DUIs and more. There are a number of ways that driving with a suspended license can affect you.

The cost of driving on a suspended license

Regardless of how good of a driver you normally are, the minute law enforcement catches you operating a vehicle without a license, you will be subject to criminal prosecution. You could end up with a criminal record if the courts convict you of the offense. A conviction can lead to:

  • Time in jail
  • Probation
  • Fines and court fees
  • Mandatory attendance in a driving education course
  • Community service sentence

If you were already on probation for another criminal offense, your probation officer might consider driving without a valid license as a violation that voids the agreement. This may mean you have to complete the original sentence you were facing.

If you have a prior criminal history, you could end up facing additional misdemeanor and felony charges. There is also the possibility that you will not qualify to have your driving privileges reinstated.

Then there is the financial aspect. Insurers charge higher rates to individuals who have lost their driving privileges.

Fighting back

It can be worth your time, energy and money to fight a traffic ticket. You probably don’t want to end up using public transportation and relying on others to get around.

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James L. Riotto
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James L. Riotto is an accomplished criminal defense attorney serving clients in New York. With an extensive background in law enforcement and criminal prosecution, his approach to each case is unique and informed by years of experience with the New York criminal justice system. As a graduate from Albany Law School and before going on to start his own practice, James worked at the Albany County District Attorney's Office, where he helped prosecute many DWI offenses. His inside knowledge of the tactics used to gain convictions provides him with a particular advantage when defending against DUI and other criminal charges.

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About Attorney Adam Staier has spent the last seven years practicing criminal defense law throughout upstate New York and the Capital Region. He began his legal career through internships in civil law, indigent legal representation and federal energy law regulation. Finding a passion in criminal law, Mr. Staier held internships handling both prosecution and defense…

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About William M. Swift is an associate attorney at the Law Office of James L. Riotto and brings 20 years of experience to our clients. His practice focuses on personal injury cases and criminal matters. He has successfully represented individuals in felony, misdemeanor cases. Additionally, he has extensive knowledge in DMV administrative proceedings involving suspensions…

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