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How can you lose your license during the probation period?

The Law Office of Mindy Paget Brill

In New York, it is not uncommon for individuals to wait until they graduate high school to obtain a driver’s license. According to the New York Department of Motor Vehicles, if you were 18 or older when you took your road test, you must complete a six-month probation period.

You are also subject to the probation period if you have received a driver’s license after a previous revocation of your driving privileges. With good driving habits, your probation period should fly by. If you receive certain citations, though, state officials are likely to suspend your license.

60-day suspensions

Usually, a single or minor traffic infraction during the probation period does not affect a driver’s license or driving privileges. Nevertheless, the following infractions typically trigger a 60-day driver’s license suspension:

  • Driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs
  • Speeding
  • Reckless driving
  • Tailgating
  • Racing

Moreover, if you receive two citations for other traffic offenses while you are in your probation period, you might lose your driving privileges for sixty days.

120-day suspensions

While a 60-day suspension of your driver’s license is certainly a drag, it is possible to incur a 120-day suspension for using your smartphone while you have a probationary license. Consequently, it is advisable to wait until you reach your destination to send a text message or check your social media accounts.

Everyone makes mistakes, so getting through your probationary period without losing your license can be a challenge. Ultimately, if you have received a citation that might jeopardize your license, you may want to explore your legal options.

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