Driving with a suspended license can be either a criminal or non-criminal offense, depending on the mitigating circumstances. If you deliberately drive without a license, prosecutors may charge you with a criminal offense. Knowing how you were charged is essential in knowing how to handle your charges. Regardless of the exact nature of the charge, it is crucial that you obtain legal counsel immediately.
If you are charged with driving with a suspended license, you owe it to yourself to find an attorney who thoroughly understands the complexities of Florida’s legal system. In this stressful situation, you need a lawyer who will fight for you. The Berman Law Group has built a reputation as fearless and indefatigable defenders of their client’s rights. With decades of experience, we have the knowledge and skill to help you fight your suspended license and clear your name.
If you need an experienced defender, call The Berman Law Group right now at (800) 375-5555 for a free consultation, where you’ll receive an honest and thorough evaluation of your case from a member of our knowledgeable team.
Reasons for License Suspension
There are many reasons why the Florida DMV may suspend a driver’s license. These reasons may include (but are not limited to):
- Arrest or conviction of driving under the influence (DUI)
- Refusing a breathalyzer test
- Accrual of points on driving license
- Becoming classified as a habitual traffic offender (HTO)
- Racing on highways
- Failure to appear in court, or failure to pay court fees, judgments or fines
- Delinquency on child support payments
- Drug convictions
Penalties for Driving with a Suspended License
Common penalties for knowingly driving with a suspended license include:
- If caught intentionally driving with a suspended license for the first time, you could receive a fine of up to $500 and up to 60 days in jail.
- A second offense of knowingly driving with a suspended license could carry a sentence of up to one year in jail and a hefty fine.
- A third offense may be charged as a felony, resulting in up to five years in prison and a fine of $5000.
Three convictions within a five-year period may result in being labeled a “habitual traffic offender” by the DMV, meaning you receive a five-year revocation of your driving rights.
It is important to note that the prosecutor must prove that the motor vehicle operator knowingly drove with a suspended license. Generally, this is accomplished with documentation, including correspondence and records from the DMV.
Driving with a suspended license in the State of Florida is a serious crime, which could land you behind bars. If you are charged with driving with a suspended license, it is imperative that you obtain legal counsel immediately after you are charged. Make sure you get an attorney who is willing to fight for your rights. Call The Berman Law Group right now at (800) 375-5555 for your free consultation.