Driving Without a License
Driving without a license in Ulster County and throughout New York is a serious offense. It is more severe than a typical traffic violation such as speeding. It is a misdemeanor is many situations. In severe situations, it is a felony. In addition to fines, penalties and jail time, if you are convicted or plead guilty you will have a criminal record.Consult with an Attorney Before You Do Anything
Don’t pay any tickets before you’ve spoken with a lawyer. Paying the fine is an admission of guilt, and you will collect points. If you do not respond, you can still be found guilty. In most cases you do not have to appear in court. As your lawyer, I can stand in your place in court and in negotiations, saving you precious time and money if you live far away. In many cases, I can reduce a traffic ticket to a lesser charge or a non-moving violation.
I’m Jonathan D. Katz, Esq. and I’ve been practicing law and defending traffic citations in Ulster County NY for over 30 years. I can help you whether you’re a local resident, a New York driver, an out-of-state driver or even a Canadian driver. Call 845-834-4747 or send an e-mail to arrange for a free no obligation consultation.Unlicensed Operation – Two Types of Violations
There are two types of unlicensed operation violations:
- Unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle – This is a misdemeanor under Section 509 of the New York Vehicle and Traffic Code. It is typically issued when you are properly licensed but do not have the actual license with you, or when your license expired not long before your ticket.
- Aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle – A first degree aggravated offense is a felony under Section 511. It carries a heavy fine and potential jail penalty. A second or third degree AUO is a misdemeanor which carries less fines and lesser jail time.
You may have a potentially successful defense strategy that will help to get your ticket reduced or even eliminated. Perhaps you weren’t notified of an expired license from DMV or you believe that you are properly licensed in another state. In addition, different courts and prosecutors in the Hudson Valley view these offenses in different ways.
I have handled a large number of both unlicensed operation and aggravated unlicensed operation cases over the course of my career, as well as traffic cases involving lack of insurance. In your case, I will use my knowledge and experience to obtain the best possible outcome for you. In some cases, that might even mean getting the charged reduced to a non-moving violation. My goal will be to minimize the consequences, including the fine and effect on your driving record.Contact a Lawyer Today
For a consultation about your case with with the firm, call 845-834-4747 or send us an e-mail. If you choose to have me represent you, I can usually handle all aspects of your case without you having to appear in court. I represent clients in Ulster County and throughout New York.