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DRIVING WITH A SUSPENDED LICENSE- FLORIDA


JACKSONVILLE ATTORNEY FOR SUSPENDED OR REVOKED LICENSE


In Florida, Driving With Suspended or Revoked Driver’s License (DWLS) is a serious criminal offense.  Often, Florida drivers plead to Suspended License charges without even being aware of the long-term consequences for their driving privileges. If you are facing a charge of Driving with a Suspended or Revoked Driver's License in Jacksonville, FL, contact an experienced Jacksonville Suspended License Attorney for a free consultation. In many cases, we are able to avoid a conviction and reinstate your driving privileges.     


Penalties in Florida for Driving with a Suspended or Revoked License


Under Section 322.34, Florida Statutes, a first offense for driving with a suspended license (with knowledge of the suspension, revocation, or cancellation) can result in 60 days jail and a fine of up to $500.00.  A second offense may be charged as a first degree misdemeanor, which carries a maximum penalty of 1 year in jail.  A third offense in Florida may result in felony charges, with up to 5 years in prison and maximum fine of $5,000.


If this third offense and two previous offenses occur within a five year period, you will be labeled by the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (Department of Motor Vehicles) as a Habitual Traffic Offender.  Habitual Traffic Offender (HTO) status in Jacksonville results in a five-year driver’s license revocation.  A person classified as a Habitual Traffic Offender can not even obtain a hardship license until a full year has elapsed from their most recent conviction.  For additional information about Habitual Traffic Offender status in Florida, visit our Florida Habitual Traffic Offender web page.  


Reasons for a Suspended or Revoked Driver’s License in Florida


There are a number of reasons for the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles to suspend a Florida driver’s license. Common examples can include the following:



An experienced Jacksonville criminal defense lawyer is an invaluable resource for explaining the reasons for the suspension or revocation and opening options to have the suspension / revocation lifted.  If your Florida license is suspended, call us today to find out why.  


Defenses and Strategies to Combat a Suspended License Charge- Florida


There are many defenses and strategies available to defeat a suspended license charge or to mitigate potential penalties. Common examples include:



Where there are no viable defenses available, we seek to negotiate with the prosecution to have the charge amended to No Valid Florida Driver’s License or, in some cases, to a civil citation (failure to display).  This most often occurs in cases where there is a minimal driving record, or where the individual obtains a valid Florida driver’s license prior to entering a plea or going to trial.  


An amendment of the charge dramatically lessens the penalties and driver’s license consequences a person would have faced had he or she been convicted of driving on a suspended license. Where amendment is not a possibility, we seek to minimize the penalties so as to avoid jail, probation, and debilitating fines.  



If you have been accused of driving on a suspended, canceled, or revoked license, you may have defenses available to contest the charge or to minimize potential penalties.  Contact our Jacksonville Attorneys today for a free consultation.

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