Tickets and New Drivers in New York

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As a newly licensed driver you are automatically considered to be a probationary driver. What does this mean? It means that if you are convicted of speeding (any speed above the limit), reckless driving, following too closely, participating in a speed contest (drag racing) or any two other traffic violations, your license will be suspended for 60 days. When you get your license back, you will again be on probation for another six months.


Second Probation? Or as I refer to it, double secret probation.

If you are found guilty of committing one of the above violations, or any two other moving violations during this second probation, your license will be revoked for at least six months. When you get your license back, you will again be on probation for six months (third probation, which I don't have a clever name for). Keep in mind that taking a defensive driving course will reduce the total number of points that you have on your license, but it will do nothing to restore a license that has been suspended or revoked for the above reasons.


New Drivers and DWAI or DWI

Your license will be suspended for 90 days if you are convicted of driving while ability impaired (DWAI) by alcohol or drugs while you are a probationary new driver. It will be revoked for at least six months for driving while intoxicated (DWI). This of course is in addition to any criminal consequences that you may face as well.


What can you do?

The easiest thing is to avoid getting tickets in the first place. Drive carefully and responsibly out there. But if you do get a ticket it is probably in your best interest to contact an attorney who is experienced with traffic law matters. Let them contest the ticket and minimize the damage. The right advocate in your corner can make all the difference.

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