Mamaroneck Lawyer gets Criminal Charges Dismissed
WESTCHESTER CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY
The criminal defense attorneys of Proto, Sachs & Brown, LLP have extensive experience helping clients charged with the criminal offense of Aggravated Unlicensed Operation, 3rd Degree. In fact, one recent client who was arrested for Aggravated Unlicensed Operation and also ticketed with a number of moving violations which would have resulted in points on her license, found out why having our top lawyers defend her. Within a week of hiring our office, the charges against the client were dropped and she walked out of the courthouse without a criminal conviction and no points on her license.
What is Aggravated Unlicensed Operation?
Unfortunately, far too many people in Mamaroneck do not know that under Section 511 of the New York Vehicle and Traffic Law you can be charged with the misdemeanor offense of Aggravated Unlicensed Operation. In fact, this is one of the most commonly charged traffic related crimes and offenses in Westchester County, NY.
Most people are suspended or revoked due to some previously unresolved traffic violation or ticket. When you fail to answer a traffic ticket, by pleading “not guilty” or paying the related fine, the local court where the ticket is pending will notify the Department of Motor Vehicles of a “scofflaw”. Individuals will receive a notice in the mail advising them that if they do not respond within a certain period of time, their driver’s license will be suspended. Outside of the single suspension notice from DMV, there are no other notices sent to the driver.
This can be problematic for residents who move or change their mailing address without notifying the DMV. When this happens, the driver may never receive the suspension notice and not know when their license will be suspended. Under the law, actual receipt of the notice does not matter and your driver’s license will be validly suspended even without your knowledge.
If this happens and you are caught operating a motor vehicle, you will likely be arrested and charged with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation in the Third Degree (AUO 3rd). As a misdemeanor, AUO 3rd carries a maximum sentence of 30 days in jail. Aggravated Unlicensed Operation in the Second Degree (AUO 2nd) and First Degree (AUO 1st), are more serious criminal offenses that usually result from multiple suspensions or alcohol related suspensions (such as those that result from DWI). A conviction under AUO 2nd or AUO 1st carries much more serious penalties.
Since the consequences for having any Aggravated Unlicensed Driver conviction are severe, including jail or probation, hiring a proven Westchester AUO defense attorney is extremely important.
The defense lawyers of Proto, Sachs & Brown, LLP have been defending the rights of people accused of AUO in Mamaroneck and Westchester County for years. If you are suspended for unanswered or unpaid traffic tickets, we will work tirelessly to resolve the scofflaws on your driving record and help you retain your full driving privileges. If you are suspended or revoked for an underlying criminal or DWI conviction, our AUO defense lawyers will aggressively defend you in court.
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Contact the defense lawyers of Proto, Sachs & Brown, LLP immediately 914-946-4808.