When an individual comes to our office with a suspended or a revoked license, we analyze the underlying basis for that revocation or suspension, and there are many ways in which a license can be suspended or revoked. The most prominent one that we see is an individual that amasses 11 moving point violations. That could be for speeding, failing to obey a traffic control device, an unsafe lane change. What we do is we obviously analyze those tickets; we see if any of them can be modified. Often, we hope the individual comes to us before they actually get that conviction and we can actually defend them in the traffic court, but if you have 11 points within an 18-month period based on the date of conviction, then the Department of Motor Vehicles will suspend your license.
Your license can also be suspended if you are arrested for a driving while intoxicated offense. It can also be suspended for refusing to take a breathalyzer test in the course of an arrest for driving while intoxicated. People have had their licenses suspended for failing to answer a summons. It has been suspended for reckless driving. In all of those instances, our goal is to get the client before the actual license is suspended. Usually, a notice is given from the Department of Motor Vehicles to address a particular issue. We also recommend that they take a driver reduction program, especially when you’re dealing with moving violations because that can reduce four points from the license and bring you in from the area that is not a suspension to one that is.
If you are in need of legal counsel in New York State, please feel free to contact Grunwald & Seman, P.C. and we would be happy to assist you.