If you have been charged with driving under the influence or driving while intoxicated in New York City, you are facing a very real possibility that your ability to drive will be taken away from you. If you are convicted, your driver license may be suspended or, if you are a repeat offender, possibly revoked. Here is what you need to know about the difference between the two.

According to the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles, if your license has been revoked, it has essentially been cancelled. You will not be permitted to hold a license for a certain period of time. After that time elapses, you can apply for a new license. There is no guarantee that your application will be approved. You will essentially start all over again from the beginning of the process, including being required to pass all applicable tests and pay any required fees.

A license suspension, on the other hand, does not cancel your current license. Rather, it means that your driving privileges have been put on hold. When the period of suspension is up, your license becomes valid once again without you having to go through the process of applying for a new one. Reinstatement of your license may occur either when you take a certain required action, such as pay a fine, or when the predetermined suspension period has ended.

Both suspensions and revocations can have a great impact on your life, especially if you rely on your car to get you and from work on a daily basis. This is not intended to be legal advice and is provided only as general information on this topic.