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Are driver's license suspension and revocation the same thing?

The short answer is no, they are not the same thing. There are fundamental differences between a license revocation and a license suspension in the state of New York.

If your driver's license is revoked, it means that it no longer exists. You will be unable to legally operate a motor vehicle in any state if your license is revoked.

It is possible to have your driving privileges reinstated provided that you comply with any requirements set forth. These requirements include waiting until the license revocation period has expired, reapplying for a license with the New York Department of Motor Vehicles and paying any necessary reapplication fees. If you have not met the requirements or if you have a bad driving record, your application for reinstatement could be denied.

A suspension is less serious than a revocation. A suspension simply means you have lost your license to drive for a specified period. Once your suspension period is over and you have met any requirements set forth regarding your suspension, you may have to pay a suspension termination fee before your driving privileges are reinstated.

Alcohol-related motor vehicle offenses are among the top causes of a driver's license suspension or revocation in New York. The severity of the drunk driving charges will determine whether a license is suspended or revoked as well as the length of time alleged violators will be without driving privileges.

Experienced New York criminal defense attorneys can work to help defendants keep their driving privileges or at the very least suffer as lenient a penalty as possible if convicted.

Source: New York Department of Motor Vehicles, "A Guide to Suspension & Revocation of Driving Privileges in New York State," accessed Aug. 02, 2016

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