There are multiple types of Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of Motor Vehicle (a/k/a “AUO”). Basically, an AUO means that an individual was operating a motor vehicle on a suspended or revoked license.
Misdemeanor versions of this charge are common and may be resolved with a traffic infraction. However, these charges become significantly more involved when the underlying suspension or revocation involves a DWI offense.
If a person operates a motor vehicle with a suspension or revocation resulting from a DWI offense and is not alleged to have been intoxicated when operating such vehicle, then that person will likely be charged with AUO in the Second Degree which is a misdemeanor that has a minimum fine of $500.00 and either term of probation or 180 days in jail. It is also important to note that if someone is convicted to AUO 2nd, there must be a sentence of either jail, probation, or a split sentence.
Should an individual be intoxicated when operating the motor vehicle while their license is suspended or revoked due to a DWI offense, then the likely charge will be AUO in the First Degree which is a class “E” felony which can result in up to 4 years in state prison.
If you have been charged with an Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of Motor Vehicle in New York State, contact us for a FREE case consultation.