AUO stands for “Aggravated Unlicensed Operation.” If you are a New York driver and caught driving with a suspended New York driver’s license, this is the ticket you will receive. AUO is a misdemeanor, which means it is a crime and carries with it serious consequences.
Consequences of Driving on a Suspended License
There are a lot of unanticipated consequences associated with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation (i.e. NY VTL 511). Primarily, you can be arrested. This means you will be booked, fingerprinted, and brought before a judge for an “arraignment” (a formal reading of the charges against you).
Additionally, if you are found guilty of driving on a suspended license in NY (i.e. VTL 511), you will be subjected to a steep fine, surcharges, and possibly jail time.
If you are convicted of AUO and get stopped and charged with driving on a suspended license for the second time within 18 months of your first conviction, you can be charged with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation in the Second Degree, which is a crime that subjects you to even stiffer penalties.
Lastly, if you are convicted of AUO in the Second Degree while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, you can be charged with
Aggravated Unlicensed Operation in the First Degree.
Be careful! If your license was suspended 10 or more times, you can also be charged with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation in the First Degree (even if it is your first AUO offense). AUO in the First Degree is a Class E Felony that will subject you to New York State prison time and a large fine (among other things).
The Impact of a Criminal Record
A criminal record will have a very serious impact on your life. It may even cause you to lose your job and livelihood. There are certain jobs you will never be able to obtain if you have a criminal record. After all, every time you are asked, “Have you ever been convicted of a crime?” you will have to answer “Yes.”
How to Get Your New York Driver’s License Back
If your license was suspended or revoked, it can be reinstated. If your license is successfully reinstated, you will be allowed to drive again. The first step toward getting your license back is following the rules of your suspension. This means that you will not be allowed to drive for the entire duration of your suspension. Likewise, if your license was revoked because of an unresolved incident, you must first address and take care of whatever that issue is (e.g. paying an outstanding fine). After this, you will need to file the appropriate application and supporting documents with the court and DMV.
Remember, getting your license reinstated includes paying a filing fee and an evaluation of your unique situation to determine whether you are once again eligible for a NY driver’s license. Getting your license back can be an extremely tricky process and involves a fair amount of red-tape. Be sure to contact an experienced NY traffic court attorney who can help you get your license reinstated instead of trying to do it alone.
Who Should I Contact?
If you are being charged with driving on a suspended license in New York or need to have your license reinstated, e-mail or call Adam H. Rosenblum of Rosenblum Law today at 888-815-3649.