Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle (AUO) Lawyer

AUO Attorney/ Lawyer Serving Albany & Schenectady County

Motor Vehicle Violation Lawyer Helping Upstate Residents Fight Charges

Have you been charged with an Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle (AUO) in the Capital District? Please call Greg Garofalo, Esq. at (518) 584-1557 to get your right to drive reinstated.

If you are pulled over with a revoked or suspended driver’s license, you could face a criminal charge for Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle (AUO). An AUO can be a charged as a misdemeanor or a felony. Therefore, an AUO offense has serious consequences, especially if you were driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or if you lost your driving privileges for an alcohol- or drug-related driving offense. Upstate AUO lawyer Greg Garofalo, Esq. has the experience and resources necessary to defend complex cases, such as those involving AUO or DWI charges. After learning the facts of an AUO arrest, Mr. Garofalo can address your concerns and develop an appropriate defense strategy to move forward. He may be able to reduce the charge to a Facilitating aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, a violation of the law and not a crime.

Overview of AUO Offenses in New York State

Operating a motor vehicle on a public highway in New York while knowing, or having reason to know, that your driver’s license has been suspended, revoked, or otherwise withdrawn constitutes aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle (AUO). The New York Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) can take away your driver’s license for many reasons, some of which are unrelated to driving or traffic tickets. The DMV will mail you an order notifying you of a license suspension or revocation and providing more information regarding the circumstances. In many cases, this notice will establish that you had reason to know that your license was invalid when you were driving. However, your defense attorney can review the details meticulously to determine whether there was a justification for the initial suspension and whether you had reason to know of it. There are varying degrees of AUO offenses. An AUO in the third degree is the lowest offense and is classified as a misdemeanor. The penalties for an AUO in the third degree are up to 30 days in jail and a maximum fine of $500. It is important to understand that a conviction of an AUO in any degree will remain on your criminal record permanently and cannot be expunged. For that reason, a skilled AUO attorney in Saratoga County will work tirelessly to defend your case. AUO in the second degree can be charged when you drive with a suspended or revoked license in New York State, and:

  • The suspension or revocation is based on a drunk or drugged driving offense,
  • The suspension or revocation is based on a refusal to take a chemical test for suspected drunk or drugged driving,
  • The suspension is due to a pending drunk or drugged driving charge,
  • You have been convicted of an AUO within the last 18 months, or
  • Your license has been suspended or revoked three or more times.

AUO in the second degree is also a misdemeanor offense, but the penalties are much harsher, particularly if the underlying reason for the initial license suspension or revocation was an alcohol- or drug-related driving offense, such as a DWI. In such cases, a conviction means mandatory jail time or probation, drug or alcohol treatment, and a fine. AUO in the first degree is charged if you drive with a suspended or revoked license while impaired by alcohol or drugs. It is a class E felony, and the penalties imposed include either mandatory incarceration of one to four years or long-term probation, as well as a fine of between $500 and $5,000.

Hire a Saratoga County AUO Attorney to Defend You Against the Prosecution

Greg Garofalo, Esq. is an accomplished criminal defense attorney with nearly 30 years of experience in this area of the law. Mr. Garofalo represents people throughout Albany and Schenectady including in Colonie, Guilderland, Glenville, Niskayuna, Rotterdam and Scotia, among other cities, towns and villages.

    Practice Areas include: Motor Vehicle Traffic Infractions | First-Time Arrest | First-Time DWI | AUO | Petit Larceny | Drug Crime | Car Accidents | Traffic Violations

    Providing legal representation to clients across Albany, Colonie, Latham, Guilderland, Niskayuna, Halfmoon, Clifton Park, Malta, Saratoga Springs, Moreau, Wilton, Glenville, and Scotia, New York.

    Contact the Law Office of Greg Garofalo, Esq. by phone at (518) 584-1557 or online to schedule a free consultation with an AUO lawyer.