driving with a suspended license in florida

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Many Floridans rely on driving their car to take care of their families. Some motorists abide by the terms of their suspended license, but others feel like they do not have choice. Driving with a suspended license is a criminal offense that can have life-altering consequences.

If you are facing a suspension of your license, or have been charged with driving with a suspended license, you need a team of lawyers who have experience with suspended license cases. The experienced lawyers at The Traffic Law Firm can help you with your case.

Why is my license suspended?

There are numerous reasons your license could be up for, or currently suspended. Many of those reasons do not even involve traffic offenses.According to the Sun Sentinel, of the over 14 million registered drivers in the state of Florida, 2 million of them currently have suspended licenses. Here is a list of some of the many reasons your license is suspended:

  • Having too many points on your license due to previous traffic violations or citations;
  • Failing to pay a traffic fine;
  • Failing to meet vision standards required for a driver’s license;
  • Failing to meet physical standards necessary to safely operate a motor vehicle;
  • Conviction for driving under the influence (DUI) of drugs or alcohol;Conviction for driving under the influence (DUI) of drugs or alcohol;
  • Missing payments on your auto insurance policy;
  • Failing to attend traffic school;
  • Missing a required court date;
  • Failing to pay court fees;
  • Writing a bad check;
  • Possession of alcohol or tobacco for drivers under the age of 18;
  • Vandalism and graffiti conviction for drivers under the age of 18;
  • Using a fraudulent driver’s license;
  • Non-DUI-related traffic violation that results in the death or serious bodily injury of another person
  • Failing to pay child support;
  • Failing to pay other financial obligations;
  • Designation as a habitual traffic offender; and
  • Failing to comply with children’s school attendance requirements as a parent.

Are you facing a suspended license in Florida?

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How common is driving with a suspended license?

According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, in 2019, 135,000 individuals were charged with driving with a suspended license. Many of them did not even know they were driving on a suspended license. The Traffic Law Firm will take your case to court and help you through this process.

What are the penalties for driving on a suspended license with knowledge?

The answer to this question depends on the amount of times you have been charged with driving with a suspended license. Driving with a suspended license with knowledge is a criminal misdemeanor and carries harsh penalties. The Florida law for driving with a suspended license, Florida Statutes 322.34 states:

Your First conviction is a 2nd-degree misdemeanor offense, which carries a maximum penalty of up to up to 60 days in jail and a fine of $500.

Your Second conviction is a 1st-degree misdemeanor offense, which carries a maximum penalty of up to 1 year in jail and a fine of $1000.

Your Third and subsequent convictions are a 3rd-degree felony offense. Violators face a minimum jail sentence of 10 days up to 5 years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000.

In situations where a defendant has a third or subsequent offense in the last five years, then the defendant is also designated as a Habitual Traffic Offender (HTO). With HTO status, a person’s driver’s license is revoked for a mandatory five-year period. See our page on HTO for more information.

How can The Traffic Law Firm help me with my suspended license?

The Traffic Law Firm has many tools to help you fight your suspended license. Example defenses include, but are not limited to:

  • You were unlawfully stopped under the 4th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. Law enforcement officials must have reasonable suspicion for a stop. If they stopped you unlawfully, then the fact that the police discovered you were driving on a suspended license may not hold up in court;
  • It was not you actually driving a motor vehicle, and thus you were not driving on a suspended license;
  • You were not driving a vehicle on a public road and thus did not violate the Florida Statutes;
  • Your driver’s license was previously reinstated after the suspension;
  • You believed your driver’s license was lawfully reinstated; and
  • You did not know you were driving with a suspended license.

Even if there is no logical defense in your case, our attorneys can still help you. We may be able to reduce your charges to either a civil citation, or to a second-degree misdemeanor offense.