New York AUO and Suspended License Defense Lawyers
New York Suspended License Defense Lawyers
Mayo Bartlett is a Suspended License Defense Lawyer who has the experience and dedication that you or your loved one needs on their side when facing charges of driving with a suspended license. He is a former Westchester County prosecutor who served more than 10 years in the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office in White Plains New York. Mayo has been recognized as a Super Lawyer and he was selected as one of the top 100 Trial Lawyers by the National Trial Lawyers. He has also been a criminal defense attorney since 2003, and he has a thorough understanding of police procedure from years spent working with officers and detectives in White Plains and throughout Westchester County, New York City and the Hudson Valley. He has handled thousands of suspended license cases, and has successfully had many felony charges reduced to misdemeanors, or had them dismissed entirely.
Mayo Bartlett has extensive experience in Westchester County Criminal Courts, and he is familiar with every aspect of handling Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle and other felony and misdemeanor cases from arraignment and bail applications, through motion practice, discovery and trial. Our Suspended License Defense team works frequently with private investigators and forensic experts to provide you with the best defense. We realize that if you are not able to drive and you reside in the Trig-State Area, you are likely at a significant disadvantage in terms of maintaining employment, pursuing educational opportunities, and being a parent. For this reason, we not only will assist you in restoring your license, but we will also discuss protocol you may engage in to prevent similar problems in the future. You may have your license suspended simply because you forgot to update your address with the DMV, and as a result the notice of your court date was mailed to your old address. We will work to inform the District Attorney of these circumstances in an effort to have you Suspended License charges reduced or dismissed.
New York Suspended License Cases
If you operate a motor vehicle when your license is revoked or suspended you may be charged with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle. Aggravate Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle is an extremely serious allegation even though it may start with the failure to simply answer traffic tickets. Aggravated Unlicensed Operation, commonly referred to as an AUO, or a 511, is a section of the New York State Vehicle & Traffic Law under which a motorist is charged for operating a motor vehicle knowing that his or her license, or privilege to drive has been suspended or revoked. AUO in the Third Degree (Vehicle and Traffic Law 511.1) is an Unclassified Misdemeanor. It carries a possible sentence of a fine, a term of imprisonment of not more than 30 days, or both.
Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle in the Second Degree (VTL 511.2), is an Unclassified Misdemeanor punishable by a fine, and either a prison term not to exceed 180 days or a term of probation. A person is guilty of Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle when:
• He or she drives a motor vehicle knowing his or her license is suspended or revoked and has had a previous conviction in the preceding 18 months; or
• The suspension or revocation occurred due to a Chemical Test Refusal; or
• The suspension or revocation is based on a DWI conviction; or
• The suspension was mandatory pending prosecution in a pending DWI case; or
• He or she has 3 or more pending suspensions on three separate dates for failure to answer, appear or pay a fine.
Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle in the First Degree (VTL 511.3), is a Class E Felony, punishable by a fine and a term of imprisonment as provided in the Penal Law, or a sentence of probation. Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle in the First Degree is committed when someone:
• Commits Aggravated Operation in the Second Degree and is operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, drugs or a combination thereof; or
• Commits Aggravated Operation in the Third Degree and has 10 pending suspensions imposed on 10 separate dates for failure to answer, appear or pay a fine, or
• Commits Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle in the Third degree and is operating a motor vehicle while under permanent revocation as set forth in section 1193 of the Vehicle and Traffic Law of the State of New York.
With offices located in the Westchester Financial Center which is one block from the White Plains Train Station and bus depot, and two blocks from the Westchester County Court, our criminal defense team handles felonies in Federal Court, as well as New York State Courts in New York City, Westchester County, including White Plains, Yonkers, Mount Vernon, Rye, Sleepy Hollow, Tarrytown, Dobbs Ferry, Armonk, Chappaqua, Greenburgh, Elmsford, Pelham, Valhalla, New Rochelle, Bronxville, Scarsdale, Mamaroneck, Hartsdale, Harrison, Mount Vernon, Port Chester, Somers, Ossining, Yorktown, Croton on Hudson, Bedford, Cortlandt, Brewster, Southeast, Putnam Valley, Larchmont, Katonah, Mount Kisco, New Castle, North Castle, Lewisboro, South Salem, North Salem, Pleasantville, Nyack, Hastings, Ardsley, Irvington, Tuckahoe, Bronx, Manhattan, Brooklyn, Putnam County, Dutchess County, Rockland County, Ulster County and throughout the Hudson Valley.
If you or a loved one is facing charges of Driving with a Suspended or Revoked License, choosing an attorney to defend your case is one of the most important — if not the most important — decisions you will ever have to make. It is absolutely critical that you retain the services of an aggressive, highly experienced criminal defense attorney with a proven track record as soon as you possibly can.
Mayo appears almost every week on a legal panel featured on Richard French Live which is available on WRNN. The show is taped live every Wednesday from 6:00 pm to 7:00 p.m. and airs throughout New York, Connecticut and New Jersey, including the five boroughs of New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, the Washington DC Metro Area, Dallas, Houston, San Francisco and Los Angeles.
If you or someone you know is facing allegations of Aggravated Operation of a Motor Vehicle, don’t hesitate, contact us now and let our Suspended License Defense Lawyers now to begin the fight to keep your freedom.
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