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What happens if I drive without a license and get a ticket?

New York State requires that all drivers carry a valid driver’s license with them each time they get behind the wheel. Of course, if yours is totally valid and you forget it at home and just happen to get pulled over that day, it’s not too big of a deal. In many cases, you’ll have 24 hours to present a valid license at the police department and you can go on about your day. However, if you are driving without actually even having a license or having driving privileges, you may find yourself in serious legal trouble.

If you are driving without a license, you may be charged with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation (AUO) of a motor vehicle. This charge is often administered when the individual who is driving without a license is doing so after having their license suspended because of other infractions. There are three degrees of AUO, each more serious than the last. Aggravated Unlicensed Operation in the third degree and in the second degree are both misdemeanor crimes. These misdemeanors can result in hundreds of dollars in fines and time behind bars. A first-degree AUO  is a class E felony, which can result in up to $5,000 in fines and up to 4 years in jail.

If you have been charged with driving without a license, contact our firm today.

Kevin T. Conway has over 30 years of experience as a Spring Valley criminal attorney handling DUI, DWI, traffic violations, violent crimes, sex crimes, illegal gun possession, shoplifting, and juvenile crimes. Attorney Conway is also experienced in commercial law matters, zoning law, and estate planning. If you need a Rockland County criminal lawyer, contact our Spring Valley office for a free consultation.

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