The relationship is a bad one. What this means is that your friend is accused of driving under the influence and his/her license was suspended at the time. 511 is as follows:
"Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle in the Third Degree (VTL 511 (1)): A person may be charged with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the third degree, a misdemeanor, when such person operates a motor vehicle while knowing or having reason to know that such person's license or privilege of operating a motor vehicle is suspended or revoked. The penalty is a fine of $200-$500 or up to thirty days in prison, or both.
511.1, as noted, is a misdemeanor. However, the penalties are prescribed in the offense.
Essentially, depending on why your friend's license is suspended or revoked and his/her past history, your friend's sentence may be greater than if for a DUI by itself. The best thing your friend can do is beg and borrow (not steal :-) money and hire an attorney. Without knowing the facts, I can tell you that there are many defenses to DUI and the Unlicensed operator citation. As to the Unlicensed operator charge, sometimes that can be dropped down to an unknowingly - which is just a traffic infraction.
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