In New York, several criminal offenses are punishable by license suspension or revocation. Losing your driving privileges can negatively impact all aspects of your life. One of the most common reasons for license suspension or revocation is a DUI conviction. In the state of New York, you will be charged with driving while under the influence (DUI) if you operate a vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08% or greater. DUIs carry overwhelming penalties such as expensive fines, probation, installation of an ignition interlock device, jail time, and license suspension. However, the penalties are more severe if you are caught driving with a suspended license after a DUI conviction. If you have been charged with first-degree AUO, please read on and contact an experienced and skilled Garden City, NY DWI/DUI attorney who can defend your rights.
What are the penalties for driving with a suspended license after a DUI conviction in New York?
As mentioned above, if you are convicted of a DUI, you will face significant repercussions for your reckless driving behavior. However, you will face even more severe consequences if you are caught driving with a suspended license after a DUI conviction. In the state of New York, if you operate a vehicle while your license is under suspension or revocation, it is classified as Aggravated Unlicensed Operation (AUO). Typically this is considered a misdemeanor offense. However, if your license is under suspension or revocation as a result of a DUI conviction, you will be charged with AUO-1st Degree which is a felony offense. Specifically, it is classified as a class E felony. An AUO-1st degree carries harsh penalties. This type of criminal offense is punishable by a mandatory fine of $500 to $5,000. In addition, it results in mandatory imprisonment of up to four years or probation and possible vehicle forfeiture. Furthermore, a felony offense can have a long-lasting negative impact on your life. Felony convictions cause you to lose your civil rights. After a felony conviction, you lose the right to vote, sit on a jury, etc. It can also bar you from certain job opportunities in law enforcement, the health care system, and the school system. Ultimately, you will face lifelong repercussions for a first-degree AUO as it is a felony offense in the state of New York.
In the unfortunate event that you or someone you love has been charged with a first-degree AUO, reach out to one of our dedicated and trusted attorneys. It is imperative to seek legal counsel as soon as possible as this type of criminal offense carries severe penalties. You have rights that need to be defended and our experienced attorney can do just that. Allow our firm to fight on your behalf and represent your interests in court today.