Uh, is my license suspended? How would I know?
January 31, 2017 8:17 AM   Subscribe

I recently went on a date with a prosecutor for the District Attorney's office. At some point, talking about our wild youth, I mentioned I racked up a bunch of parking tickets in NY in the 90's, moved to a new state (CA) and changed my name. (Not because of the parking tickets btw) My date said that if I was pulled over in NY State my driving privileges might be suspended. Even thought I don't have a license here anymore. Is this true or was she just trying to intimidate a tinder date?
posted by rileyray3000 to Law & Government (8 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
New York State DMV says that they suspend vehicle registrations and the ability to register vehicles for parking tickets, but not licenses.

On the other hand, there could be a warrant for your arrest for unpaid parking tickets.
posted by Jahaza at 8:41 AM on January 31, 2017 [1 favorite]

The statute of limitations for parking tickets in New York state is eight years. If the tickets are from the 90's, you're probably safe.
posted by ubiquity at 8:44 AM on January 31, 2017 [2 favorites]

I wouldn't be so sure about the statute of limitations protecting you - I am not your lawyer nor licensed to practice law in NY nor more than remotely familiar with this area of law in general, but this is one of the first links I found.
posted by exogenous at 8:57 AM on January 31, 2017

For some things, leaving the state or jurisdiction suspends the statute of limitation period.
posted by TinWhistle at 9:44 AM on January 31, 2017

If any of the tickets are moving violations rather than parking tickets, you could definitely be suspended. Parking tickets, I think probably not.
posted by LizardBreath at 9:54 AM on January 31, 2017

Link to DMV explanation.
posted by Oxydude at 10:13 AM on January 31, 2017

In any case, "trying to intimidate you" seems like an overreaction. She could be wrong but still have been trying to help you with a friendly warning.
posted by janell at 10:50 AM on January 31, 2017 [4 favorites]

Call them and ask.
posted by theora55 at 12:19 PM on January 31, 2017 [1 favorite]

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