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Traffic violations outside New York can affect driving privileges


New Yorkers who get a ticket while driving in the state will undoubtedly understand that the ticket must be paid or they will face an increase of the fine and the possibility of other penalties that can lead to the loss of driving privileges. A mistake that people might make with respect to their driver license is to think that a ticket they received out-of-state will not affect them in New York. Failing to pay an out-of-state ticket does have consequences in New York and those who are facing this issue need to be aware of how to handle it so it does not cause significant problems.

For people who receive a ticket for a moving violation in any state in the union except for Alaska, California, Michigan, Montana, Oregon or Wisconsin, the driver license in New York will be subject to suspension. It will remain suspended until the ticket is answered. Similarly, drivers who are in New York from any state - except those listed - will have their driver license suspended in their own state if they do not answer and address the moving violation.

For people who are operating on a non-commercial driver license, New York does not record a conviction for moving violation out of New York. If the offenses are committed in Quebec and Ontario in Canada, it is an exception. Those 21 and older who are convicted of alcohol or drug offenses behind the wheel in any other state or Quebec or Ontario will have the New York State driver license revoked for a minimum of 90 days.

Drivers under 21 who are convicted of drug or alcohol-related violations behind the wheel out-of-state will have the New York State driver's license revoked for a minimum of one year. If there was a prior conviction, the license will be revoked for a minimum of one year or until the person turns 21, whichever comes first. Drivers will also have their license revoked if a New York driver is convicted of vehicle-related criminal negligence, homicide or assault. The New York driver license will be subject to revocation.

When a driver is out of New York and is faced with a traffic violation, they must be completely aware of how it can affect their driving privileges in New York. Having legal help to deal with the case and the potential loss of driving privileges in New York is crucial and a lawyer experienced in helping clients facing any level of traffic violations can is key.

Source: dmv.ny.gov, "Tickets received in another state," accessed on Dec. 25, 2017

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