These days it may seem that anything can get your license suspended. Too many tickets, failure to pay fines, not paying child support, theft charges, DUI charges, and many other things can lead to your license being suspended. Sometimes, the driver’s license office just makes a mistake and you might show as having a suspended license. In any case, driving on a suspended license can lead to your arrest, and possibly severe punishment. Suspended License charges cases can be defended in many ways depending on the particular circumstances of your case.

Driving with Suspended License

Pursuant to Florida Statute 322.34 Any person whose driver's license or driving privilege has been canceled, suspended, or revoked as provided by law, who, knowing of such cancellation, suspension, or revocation, drives any motor vehicle upon the highways of this state while such license or privilege is canceled, suspended, or revoked commits the crime of Driving While License Suspended. If the driver lacks knowledge of the suspension, it can still be charged as a non-criminal traffic infraction.

The first Driving While License Suspended charge is a second degree misdemeanor, the second charge is a first degree misdemeanor, and the third or subsequent charge is a third degree felony. It is also a felony charge if there was an accident that led to the death or serious injury of anyone involved. Also, if your license was suspended for DUI, and you are under the influence and driving on a suspended license, the State can take your car permanently.

Driving While License Suspended charges cases can be defended in many ways depending on the particular circumstances of your case. Among other things, the basis for the stop can be attacked, knowledge of the suspension can be challenged, and prior convictions can be challenged.

Habitual Traffic Offender

Pursuant to Florida Statute 322.264 a person qualifies as a Habitual Traffic Offender based on 3 or more convictions for any combination of vehicular manslaughter, DUI, any felony using a motor vehicle, driving while license suspended, and leaving the scene of an accident with injury. As a Habitual Traffic Offender, your license will be suspended for 5 years, and some driving charges are enhanced. Driving while your license is suspended for Habitual Traffic Offender is automatically a third degree felony.

Driving While License Suspended charges cases can be defended in many ways depending on the particular circumstances of your case. Among other things, you can petition to Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles to remove the Habitual Traffic Offender designation if the criteria cannot be proved.

Traffic Charges

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