It's unlawful to drive without a valid driver's license in Florida. If you're caught doing so, you could face fines and jail time. The problem is, some circumstances that could potentially result in a conviction may be less than obvious.
It's possible to run afoul of this law without realizing it.
Below, we'll cover the most common situations that prompt a no valid driver's license (NVDL) charge. If you're charged with this offense, contact an experienced Orlando traffic ticket attorney who can help keep your record clean.
Your Driver's License Is Expired
An expired license is considered invalid. It's tempting to think you still have the right to drive with an expired license. But Florida's traffic laws preclude you from legally doing so.
The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) will send you a renewal application 45 days before your license is scheduled to expire. Don't forget to complete and file this document.
You Don't Have Possession Of Your Driver's License
Having a valid license isn't enough. You must be in possession of it while operating a motor vehicle. If you inadvertently leave your license at home, and a police officer pulls you over, there's a good chance you'll be arrested and charged with NVDL.
Your Driver's License Has Been Suspended Or Cancelled
If you're caught driving with a suspended license (DWLS), expect to be arrested by the police officer on site. This offense is more serious than NVDL. While both NVDL and DWLS are considered misdemeanors, a third DWLS is treated as a felony.
Why You Should Hire A Florida Traffic Lawyer
There are a number of potential defenses to a NVDL charge. Don't just concede to the charge and accept your fate. Hire a lawyer. A seasoned traffic attorney will create a defense strategy aimed at getting the case dismissed, keeping your record clean in the process.
At Skubiak & Rivas, we have decades of combined experience in handling all traffic-related cases, including charges related to driving without a valid driver's license. Contact us today if you've been charged with NVDL. Call 407-894-4449 or complete this form to schedule a no-obligation consultation with one of our Florida traffic ticket attorneys.