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What does "arrest charge" on a traffic ticket mean?

Islip, NY |

I was out of town for a week on business. When I got home, my daughter -- who lives on the South Shore of L.I. -- said she needed to borrow some money to pay a huge fine on a ticket. No DUI or DWI. Not the end of the world. But I checked a website for Suffolk County with the ticket number:

VTL 319.1 01 - Infraction, 1 count, Arrest charge, Arraignment charge
VTL 509.1 01 - Infraction, 1 count, Arrest charge, Arraignment charge - Operate Mv By Unlicensed
VTL 511.1 01 - TOP CHARGE Unclassified Misdemeanor, 1 count, Arrest charge, Arraignment charge
Aggravated Unlic Oper Veh 3
VTL 512 00 - Unclassified Misdemeanor, 1 count, Arrest charge, Arraignment charge
Oper Mv-registration Susp

This was one ticket? Was she ARRESTED? This seems like more than a speeding ticket. What's going on here?

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Whats going on is that she is in a lot of trouble. Here is the breakdown:
She was probably arrested for unlicsed operation of a motor veh in the 3rd degree, a misdemeanor. (VTL 511.1) This was because she was operating a MV while her license was suspended or revoked (VTL 512). Most likely she failed to pay a ticket in the past and they suspended her.
The 509.1 is operation w/out a license - not really a big deal in coparision top teh other two charges
The VTL 319.1 is operation without insurance - This is a big deal and if she truly did not have insurance on the car when she was stopped it will result in a license revocation and a DMV civil assessment of $750 when she goes to get a new license. You should really have her speak to a criminal atty who practices in Suffolk County as these are not just "traffic infractions' but criminal violations and should be taken seriously. Good Luck.

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It is unlikely that she was physically arrested. My assumption would be that she received tickets for the above listed offenses, two of which are misdemeanor crimes. She will have to appear in Central Islip District Court at the Street Arraignment Part on the date listed on her ticket. She should also be concerned with the 319.1 ticket, No Insurance. As a former Suffolk County Prosecutor I know the DA's Office has firm policies regarding this charge. A plea of guilty will result in a one year revocation of her license by DMV. It is not in her best interest to attempt to handle this matter by herself. She should contact a local criminal defense attorney as soon as possible to get the best non-criminal resolution of her case that will not result in a license suspension. She will wind up saving money in fees in the long run and protect her criminal record. My office routinely handles matters like this in that courthouse.

Jonathan B. Manley
Former Suffolk County Prosecutor

Michael J Palumbo

Michael J Palumbo


She WAS arrested - probably not taken into custody but she was arrested. The legally significant thing is the charges, not whether or not she got a ride in the police car.


Summonses are not actual arrests but she is charged with multiple criminal offenses and could end up with a criminal record if she went to trial and lost. I suggest you retain a good criminal defense lawyer.

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The car stop may have been for speeding but due to the status of her license she was charged with misdemeanors. She needs an attorney.


Your daughter is charged with the MISDEMEANOR CRIME of Aggravated Unlic Oper Veh 3 and the MISDEMEANOR CRIME of operating a vehicle with a suspended license. In addition, she is charged with the infraction of driving an uninsured motor vehicle and if convicted her driving privileges will be REVOKED for at least a year. She needs to retain traffic ticket defense counsel ASAP. 1-877-99-NO-TIX (1-877-996-6849).


She was arrested. She needs to consult with a local attorney. She also needs to clear the suspensions on her license as she was arrested for Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle. This is a misdemeanor.

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