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Lawyer for Driving on a Suspended License in Florida
For many Floridians, having a driver’s license is essential for getting to work and taking care of a family. Many Florida residents do not realize that there are numerous offenses that can result in a driver’s license suspension.
Some motorists abide by the terms of their license suspension. Others do not see an alternative and decide to get behind the wheel with a suspended license.
Under Florida law (Fla. Stat. § 322.34), driving with a license suspended, revoked, canceled, or disqualified is a serious offense. It can have long-lasting repercussions.
If you're facing a suspension, or if charged you with driving with a suspended license, you need an attorney. Florida traffic crimes defense lawyers at Skubiak & Rivas, P.A. can help.
Reasons for a Driver’s License Suspension in Florida
There are numerous reasons that a person might have their license suspended in Florida. Some of those reasons do not even concern traffic offenses. The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) indicates that 2 million out of a total 14 million registered drivers in the state of Florida currently have suspended licenses.
To put that another way, nearly 15 percent of drivers in Florida have suspended licenses.
Oftentimes drivers do not even realize that they have a suspended license. According to the FLHSMV, in 2017 there were about 285,000 motorists with a suspended license related to something other than a traffic offense. Those license suspensions resulted from failure to pay child support or failure to pay court fees and fines.
Penalties for Continuing to Drive with a Suspended License
The penalties for driving with a suspended license are significant.
Many Floridians with suspended licenses choose to drive out of necessity without realizing the repercussions they could be facing.
As you can see, even a first conviction for driving on a suspended license can result in two months in jail and a significant fine. It is also important to remember that the penalties listed above are not the only consequences of a misdemeanor or felony conviction. After a conviction, you will need to disclose your record in many circumstances. You may be ineligible for certain jobs, lines of credit, and other opportunities.
Defenses for Charges Related to Driving on a Suspended License in Florida
If you are facing charges for driving on a suspended license, know that there are many defense strategies available to fight the charges.
If there are no logical defenses in your case, it is still extremely important to work with a Florida traffic crimes defense lawyer on your case. We may be able to have your charges reduced either to a civil citation or to a second-degree misdemeanor offense. The outcome depends on if you have a previous conviction for driving on a suspended license.
How a Florida Traffic Defense Attorney Can Help
At Skubiak & Rivas, P.A., we know how difficult it can be to face penalties for driving on a suspended license in Florida. We regularly assist Florida drivers in a wide variety of defense strategies, and we may be able to help you avoid some of the consequences of this offense. An aggressive Florida traffic defense attorney can speak with you today about your case.
There are many reason why a license can get suspended. Some of them do not have to be traffic related. Some of these offense include not showing up to court, failing to pay traffic tickets, DUI and much more. Learn what other possible offenses can suspend your license with Skubiak & Rivas.
We have helped many drivers avoid charges with a suspended license. We know what defense can work for all kinds of charges related to a suspended license. If you are facing charges for a suspended license contact us today for a free consultation about your case.
It is still important to contact a Florida traffic attorney. Many times we can still get a suspended license case reduced to a civil citation or a second-degree misdemeanor offense.