Driving on a Suspended License in Florida
Florida prosecutors take driving while your driver’s license is suspended or revoked very seriously. Entering a plea to the charge of driving while license suspended or revoked with or without knowledge can potentially make you a habitual traffic offender (HTO), which will suspend your driving privileges for five years. If you have been accused of driving on a suspended license, working with an experienced criminal defense attorney is the best way to protect your rights.
At the Orlando law firm of Moses and Rooth Attorneys at Law, our lawyers use years of experience to help our clients achieve the best possible results in Florida courts. Driving while license suspended (DWLS) is a criminal traffic offense in Florida. If you have been accused, contact us as soon as possible to set up a free consultation to review your driving record and discuss your case.
Don’t Just Enter a Plea
Entering a plea to driving while license suspended (DWLS) can have unintended consequences — especially if you have been accused of multiple traffic violations or criminal traffic offenses. People who have pleaded guilty to multiple offenses may be considered habitual traffic offenders. Habitual traffic offender status, or HTO, carries serious consequences, including fines, incarceration, and the loss of your driver’s license for a five-year period. Additionally, if you are arrested for driving as a habitual offender, you may be charged with a felony.
Under Florida law, a habitual traffic offender is any person whose record, as maintained by the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, shows that the person has accumulated a certain number of offenses within a five-year period. Three convictions to offenses such as voluntary or involuntary manslaughter, DUI, and driving a motor vehicle while your license is suspended or revoked (DWLS) over five years will lead to HTO status. Additionally, anyone who receives 15 convictions for certain moving violations within a five-year period will receive HTO status.
At Moses and Rooth Attorneys at Law, we have the experience to evaluate your case. Our knowledge of the law allows us to examine the facts of your case to ensure that your rights were not violated. We carefully scrutinize every case to determine if the stop was illegal or if your Miranda Rights were violated. At Moses and Rooth, we understand that your driving privileges are important to your well-being. We can also take action to help you avoid HTO status. We may also be able to modify your HTO status. We have extensive experience in successfully assisting clients in removing HTO status or assist in obtaining a valid driver’s license.
Protecting Your Drivers License and Your Freedom
At Moses and Rooth Attorneys at Law, we will explore every avenue available to you in order to help you obtain a valid driver’s license. This includes assisting in resolving your criminal case as well as any administrative matters that can impact your driver’s license. Taking a look at the larger picture, our lawyers also help you so that this doesn’t happen again.