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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-
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-
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.
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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