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Florida traffic lawyers Skubiak & Rivas, P.A. have extensive experience handling habitual traffic offender cases. No matter the specific circumstances of your case, we are prepared to conduct an investigation and take legal action to protect your rights.

To set up a free, no-obligation review of your traffic offender status, please contact our law firm right away. With a law office in Orlando, we serve communities throughout Central Florida, including in Kissimmee, Sanford, Winter Garden, Winter Park, Apopka, Ocoee, Altamonte Springs, and Lake Mary.

According to the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), 19 U.S. states have enacted habitual traffic offender laws. Under such a law, a person’s driving privileges can be suspended or revoked for repeated violations.

Notably, Florida has one of the most strict habitual traffic offenders laws in the entire country — being designated a habitual traffic offender is an offense that comes with a five-year revocation of your driver’s license.

Driving while an HTO is a felony. You face five years in state prison and an extremely large fine. You NEED to get rid of HTO status.

At Skubiak & Rivas, P.A., our top-rated Orlando habitual traffic offense attorneys have more than 65 years of combined experience representing drivers throughout Central Florida.

Do not pay a ticket, admit to a charge, or surrender your rights without first speaking to our legal team.

We will fight aggressively to protect your Florida driver’s license. If you were designated a habitual traffic offender or you are worried that you might be in the near future, we can help. To set up a free, completely confidential review of your case, please contact our Orlando law office today.

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Florida Law: Understanding the Habitual Traffic Offender Statute

Under Florida’s habitual traffic offender law (Florida Statutes § 322.264), the state’s Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) has the authority to label a motorist a ‘habitual offender’ if they have accumulated a specified number of traffic offenses within a five-year period.

As a starting point, you could be designated as a habitual traffic offender if you been convicted of three of the following offenses within the most recent five years:

  • Vehicular manslaughter;
  • Use of a vehicle in committing a felony;
  • Driving with a suspended or revoked driver’s license;
  • Failure to stopand render aid after an accident; or
  • Driving while under the influence (DUI, DWI).

Beyond these violations, Florida also designates drivers as habitual traffic offenders if they are convicted of or plead guilty to 15 total moving violations within a 5-year period — this includes all moving violations, from minor speeding tickets to running a stop sign.

The Severe Consequences of Being Labelled a Habitual Traffic Offender

If you have been classified a habitual traffic offender (HTO), you will lose your right to drive. Once you have been given HTO status, you should expect to receive an official notification from DHSMV. Within the notification letter, you will find details regarding the loss of your driver’s license. From the date of your HTO status, your license will be suspended for five years.

As was mentioned, habitual traffic offender status in Florida carries a five-year revocation of your driving privileges. In addition, you may also be charged with a third degree felony that carries both jail time and a significant financial penalty.

Already Classified as a Traffic Offender? You May Be Eligible for a Hardship License

Even if you have already been designated a habitual traffic offender in Florida, you may still have options available. Depending on the specific nature of your case, you could be eligible for a hardship driver’s license. As explained by the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, a hardship license is a limited purpose driver’s license that allows an otherwise ineligible person to operate a motor vehicle for business or employment purposes.

To be clear, not all habitual traffic offenders are eligible for a hardship license. Certain offenses could prevent you from obtaining such a license. Further, navigating the application process system is extremely complex. If you are considering applying for a hardship license, it is imperative that you speak to an experienced Florida habitual traffic offender lawyer immediately. 

Why Hire the Florida Habitual Traffic Offender Attorneys at Skubiak & Rivas

To protect yourself against being classified as a habitual traffic offender in Florida, you should take proactive measures to protect your rights. Whether you have a history of speeding tickets, a reckless driving charge, or any other traffic offenses, an experienced Orlando traffic defense lawyer can help.

At Skubiak & Rivas, P.A., we are proud to be Central Florida’s preferred traffic defense law firm. Whether you have already received a habitual traffic offender letter from the state or you are concerned that you are close to reaching HTO status, our legal team is here to assist you.

Among other things, our Orlando, FL habitual traffic offender attorneys will:

  • Conduct a free, no-obligation assessment of your habitual traffic offender case;
  • Answer your questions and explain your legal options;
  • Review and investigate previous traffic violations on your record; and
  • Take swift action to protect your rights, interests, and driving privileges.

 

Fighting Your Case

Every habitual traffic offender case is unique. We offer clients the attentive, fully personalized legal representation that they rightfully deserve. As a general rule, with habitual traffic offender cases, our Orlando traffic defense lawyers will start by reviewing the underlying offenses that were committed during the last two years.

Under Florida law, you may be eligible to reopen traffic convictions that were entered within the last two years. By doing so, our traffic defense lawyers may be able to get some of the convictions that pushed you into habitual traffic offender status reversed, dismissed, or reduced to a lesser offense. This could result in your habitual traffic offender designation being withdrawn.

To protect your rights, contact our Orlando traffic defense attorneys as soon as possible. We are prepared to explore every available option to save your driver’s license.

Get Help From Habitual Traffic Offender Lawyers in Orlando, FL

Our traffic lawyers can help. If you were designated a habitual traffic offender or you are worried that you might be in the near future, we can help. Contact us today to set up a free, confidential case review, or call us at 407-598-8413.


What Happens if you are Labeled a Habitual Traffic Offender?

If you have been classified a habitual traffic offender (HTO), you will lose your right to drive. Once you have been given HTO status, you should expect to receive an official notification from DHSMV. Within the notification letter, you will find details regarding the loss of your driver’s license.

Is Driving as a Habitual Traffic Offender a Felony?

Yes. Driving while an HTO is a felony. You face five years in state prison and an extremely large fine. You NEED to get rid of HTO status. Learn how we can help.

How Can I get Rid of my Habitual Traffic Offender Status?

If you were designated a habitual traffic offender or you are worried that you might be in the near future, we can help. To set up a free, completely confidential review of your case, please contact our Orlando law office today.