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Have you been cited by a police officer for driving without a license in the New York City area? Driving without a license may involve underage drivers, drivers who have failed to renew a license, or a driver who does not have a valid license with them while driving. Driving without a license is a violation of section 509 of the Vehicle Traffic Code and carries a penalty of a fine between $75 to $300 or jail time of up to 15 days or both. If it is a case of not renewing a valid license within 60 days of its expiration, the fine is generally $40.
If you need legal assistance in defending yourself against a ticket for unlicensed operation, we recommend that you contact Gannes & Musico, LLP as soon as possible. Our firm has defended hundreds of drivers throughout the area on all types of traffic violations, including driving without a license. Our Brooklyn traffic court lawyers have extensive knowledge and experience in effectively handling traffic ticket cases and work vigorously to help you achieve a favorable outcome.
If you are stopped and cited for driving with a suspended or revoked license, this is a more serious matter. This offense is a criminal violation which carries mandatory fines of $200 to $5000. You may also be subject to imprisonment, probation, and having your vehicle impounded. An aggravated unlicensed operation (AUO) charge occurs when you are stopped by a police officer because your license has been suspended or revoked earlier, whether you were aware of it or not, due to an unresolved traffic offense. Depending on why you have been stopped, you can be charged with an AUO in the first, second or third degree, which is a misdemeanor. First and second degree charges are often alcohol-related or are multiple suspensions, which can result in severe penalties.
Contact a New York traffic ticket attorney from our office as soon as possible!