If you are facing a driver's license (DL) suspension or revocation because of DWI or an administrative ruling in New York, you have the right to challenge the suspension and fight to keep your license. If you have had your New York driver's license suspended or revoked, there may be options available to allow you drive for specific purposes.
Katz Lawyers is recognized as one of the pre-eminent New York traffic law litigation firms in New York City. From our offices on Broadway in Manhattan and Staten Island, we have helped thousands of drivers in counties across the state fight their license revocation, get their licenses reinstated or obtain special hardship restricted licenses.
Call us at 646-835-2330 to schedule a consultation to discuss the circumstances of your revocation or suspension.
It is important to remember that holding a legal driver's license in the state of New York is considered a privilege, not a legal right. The state has the authority to revoke your license for specific driving violations or suspend your license for administrative purposes that have nothing to do with your driving record.
Typical driving-related offenses that can result in a DL suspension in New York include (but are not limited to):
- Drunk driving charges
- Driving more than 40 mph over the posted limit, reckless driving
- Leaving the scene of an accident with personal injury or property damage
- Road rage
- Vehicular assault or vehicular homicide for causing an accident
- Failure to satisfy a summons for a parking ticket or moving violation
- Altered license plates or stolen tabs
Administrative reasons for a suspended DL may include (but are not limited to):
- Conviction of a narcotics offense
- Truancy, juvenile delinquency
- Delinquent child support and alimony payments
Temporary Hardship Restricted Licenses
Under New York law, the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has the authority to allow drivers with suspended licenses to drive under temporary special circumstances. Such circumstances may include:
- Driving to and from a place of employment or job training
- Driving yourself or a family member to a medical appointment
- Driving to a place of worship
If you feel you have a hardship that will compel the DMV to grant a temporary restricted license during your DL suspension period, call us to discuss your circumstances.
Suspension Termination Fees
Under New York law, an indefinite suspension may be placed on the driver's license until a specific action has been fulfilled. This can include answering a traffic ticket by paying the fine or having your attorney notify the DMV that you intend to fight the ticket.
However, if you are facing a definite suspension order with a specific end date, you must pay a special suspension termination fee before your driver's license will be restored. Do NOT assume that passing the end date of the suspension automatically reinstates your license! If your definite suspension date is approaching, call us to arrange a consultation to discuss how we can take care of the required process.
The Difference Between A License Suspension And DL Revocation In New York
The New York DMV has two distinct penalties for removing someone's driving privileges. A driver's license suspension simply means that driving privileges have been suspended for a definite or indefinite period of time, until a certain requirement has been met by the driver or the specific amount of time has passed.
However, a driver's license revocation means that the license is void and no longer exists. To reinstate your driving privileges, you will have to reapply to the DMV and re-qualify for a license. Typically all license fees must be paid again. The DMV is under no requirement to reinstate your license, however. If you have a previous poor driving record or cannot (or choose not to) meet DMV requirements, you will not be reissued a DL.
Call The Lawyers Who Focus Exclusively On New York Traffic Law
Call Katz Lawyers with your questions about legal help avoiding a driver's license suspension or revocation, or assistance getting a hardship restricted license if you are currently under suspension. Our Manhattan office number is 646-835-2330. Our Staten Island phone number is 718-876-8105. You can also use our convenient email contact form to request a return phone call.