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Are there exceptions to a driver’s license suspension?

On Behalf of | Jun 3, 2024 | Drivers License Suspension Defense |

Sometimes, videos or stories go viral online because they strike a chord with people. A recent court hearing has gone viral because of the actions of the defendant. Specifically, a gentleman ordered to attend a hearing related to driving on a suspended license spoke openly about operating his motor vehicle while on a Zoom video call for a criminal court hearing. The hearing was related to allegations of driving on a suspended license.

The man in question stated he just finished driving to a medical office for an appointment. Some people have decided with the judge who revoked his bond and ordered the man to remand himself into state custody. Other people have sympathized with the defendant, who may have believed he could drive for certain key needs, like attending medical appointments.

Are there exceptions to a driver’s license suspension for specific activities?

Suspensions do not generally include exceptions

When the courts or state agencies suspend or revoke someone’s driver’s license as a criminal penalty, they typically do not allow someone to retain certain driving privileges. The driver must complete their period of suspension before they can regain their driving privileges.

In some scenarios, people facing court-ordered driver’s license suspension or revocation may qualify for conditional or restricted-use licenses. Those licenses can allow someone to drive in specific situations if they meet certain criteria. People must apply for the reinstatement of their driving privileges using restricted or conditional licenses.

While the viral story above took place in Michigan, similar issues could easily arise in New York. Drivers who believe they can drive in certain scenarios could end up facing allegations of driving on a suspended license. The penalties possible in New York include fines of between $200 and $500, as well as up to 30 days in state custody. The courts could also require that someone submit to probation oversight.

Those who misunderstand the terms of a license suspension could very well face additional penalties if they drive with their licenses suspended. Thankfully, there may still be options for defending against charges related to driving on a suspended license. Properly responding to allegations of driving on a suspended license can help people avoid a longer suspension or other secondary penalties, including fines and incarceration.