In the early morning ours of Thursday, September 4, a Potsdam, NY woman was charged with driving on a suspended license, according to North Country Now. The incident occurred on Clarkson Avenue at about 2:30 a.m. 27-year-old Kara Page was officially charged with second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation. She is scheduled to appear on September 12 at the Potsdam Village Court on the charge, according to police.
In New York, second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle is a misdemeanor offense. This is the charge typically given when an individual drives on a license that was suspended because of operating under the influence, or when a person is charged with driving while suspended while having prior convictions that occurred within the past 18 months. The penalties a person may face depend on certain factors, and may include fines of between $500 and $1,000, along with jail time of up to 180 days, probation, or both.
Driving on a suspended license is a serious offense. In Michigan, those caught operating a vehicle without a valid driver’s license face serious consequences which vary, depending on whether it is a first, second, third, or subsequent offense. As experienced Michigan driver’s license reinstatement attorneys, we understand that there are circumstances in which an individual has no choice but to drive, such as in an emergency situation. However, many people get behind the wheel just as if their license has never been suspended, thinking they will not get caught. This is extremely risky behavior, as you could face jail time, substantial fines, and vehicle immobilization if caught. In addition, you could have your license permanently revoked.
A second offense driving with a suspended license in Michigan will result in a fine of up to $1,000 and potential jail time of one year. Your vehicle may also be immobilized for up to six months.
While there are cases in which an individual’s driver’s license may be suspended for non-payment of child support or traffic tickets, most people’s licenses are suspended due to DUI. Getting your license reinstated is not an easy process, and requires that you request a hearing with the DAAD. This is a highly complex proceeding that requires proof of your sobriety, letters of recommendation, and much more. To ensure the best possible chance of getting your license back, it is imperative that you work with an experienced and dedicated Michigan driver’s license restoration attorney.