So I had a pretty craptastic morning...
April 21, 2010 7:02 AM Subscribe
License suspensions, driver responsibility and address changes. Any chance?
posted by Raze2k to Work & Money (6 answers total)
While driving to work this morning, I was pulled over by a police officer, much to my surprise. I hadn't been driving recklessly or broken any laws that I was aware of, so being pulled over at 7 AM was certainly a shock.
The officer notified me that my license was suspended, apparently because of a few tickets I had received about three years ago. The tickets had added points onto my license and although I had promptly paid the tickets themselves in full, New York has an additional fee referred to as the "Driver Responsibility Fee" -- an amount spread out over a couple of years.
It turns out that the state had been mailing me a bill for this, but in lieu of my payment, suspended my license. The officer then told me to head to the DMV to remove the suspension and handed me three tickets:
Suspended License, Fail to Surrender (In violation of 340A)
ACG Unlicensed Operator 3 (In violation of 5111A)
He warned me that if I was pulled over again, especially on the highway, I would be arrested. I proceeded to drive over to the closest DMV and spent far too much to update the addresses on my drivers license (previously my parents), my registration (previously my prior address) and to pay the Driver Responsibility Fee ($375!).
All in all, an unhappy morning. Now my attention has turned to the three tickets I was issued. First of all, I have a necessary in-court appearance and I'm wondering:
(1) Does anyone in New York know how much these tickets are and whether they will add additional points onto my license?
(2) Is it worth arguing with the court? I fully recognize that I'm at fault for not having all of my addresses updated, but the frustrating part is that if the system had used either the address on my drivers license or my vehicle registration then this would have never happened. Instead there was a third address (my residence right after I graduated, an address that hasn't been in use since 2004). I only became aware of the third address when talking to the DMV representative... using the only information at hand (my license and registration), I assumed it was one of the other two addresses. Is that a valid point or am I better off just paying whatever sum they lob at me?