Friday, March 21, 2014


You are charged with driving with a suspended license, now what do you do?

Getting pulled over is bad.  Getting pulled over and discovering you have a suspended license in Harrison is worse. 
Call us at 914-723-7900

When a New York State Trooper or Harrison Town Police Officer pulls you over for a moving violation such as speeding, standard protocols require the officer to run your driving record.  As such, the driver often hears these familiar words, “license and registration please.”

If a driver is caught driving with a suspended license, they can be charged under Vehicle Traffic Law section 511.  This charge is called Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle.

There are varying degrees of this charge and it can range from a misdemeanor to a felony. Depending on the severity of the charges, a driver can face more than a year in jail, probation, or large fines.

Our law firm has represented hundreds of drivers in Harrison Town Court and the surrounding courts.  We have over 30 years of legal experience and we are lead by a former New York City prosecutor.  This experience gives our firm a unique perspective into the prosecution and defense of these serious charges.  You should call our law firm now to schedule your confidential consultation.


What is the most common reason drivers are charged with AUO?

Frequently, drivers are issued a speeding ticket and they forget to respond to the ticket.  Given enough time, the act of ignoring a ticket will result in a license suspension.

Can I be arrested for AUO?

Yes. A driver can be arrested at the scene of the incident.  Further, the car can be towed and the driver can be caused to wait until a judge is available to conduct the arraignment.

Can bail be set on an AUO?

Yes.  Bail can be set on criminal cases to help ensure the return of a driver.

What happens to the bail money?

If the person arrested posts their own bail, they are entitled to receive the money at the end of the case minus a New York State surcharge.  Many drivers will use the bail as credit toward a fine issued at the end of their case.  Note, once bail is forfeited, the money will not be returned.

What is the main reason that bail can be forfeited?

Bail is routinely forfeited when a defendant fails to appear in court.  At the court’s calendar call or roll call, a driver’s name will be called out.  If a driver fails to appear for their schedule court appearance, the judge has the discretion to forfeit the bail.  As a further sanction, some judge will issue a warrant for the defendant.

What is an arrest warrant?

An arrest warrant triggers a notice to police to arrest a defendant and compel them to appear before the issuing court.

How can I restore my driver’s license?

There are many different reasons why a driver’s license may be suspended.  Sometimes, a driver may not be able to restore their privileges.  However, the vast majority of drivers can get their privilege to drive back as long as they follow the proper procedures to do so.  The starting point for anyone looking to restore their privilege to drive should begin at the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles or the court or courts that initiated the license suspension.

If you are facing an AUO charge in Harrison, Mamaroneck, Rye City, Rye Town, Larchmont of Port Chester, give our lawyers a call at 914-723-7900 to learn how we can help.