Suspended License & Traffic Offenses
Ticket Lawyers for Broward, Miami-Dade & Palm Beach Counties
You’ve heard it before; “Driving is a privilege and not a right”. This is certainly the reality here in the Sunshine State. The State of Florida has the authority to regulate the driving of vehicles, and Florida’s Department of Highway Safety & Motor Vehicles (DMV) enforces these regulations. In other words, the DMV has the power to take your license away!
But why would the DMV suspend your driver’s license?
There are many reasons the DMV may suspend your driver’s license in Florida. Certain driving offenses, felony convictions, or civil matters may cause your license to be suspended or revoked. For example, your driver’s license may be suspended or revoked for up to two years if you are convicted for certain drug offenses. (Fla. Stat. § 322.055(1).) Your driver’s license may be suspended in certain cases if you are delinquent in child support payments. If you fail to pay obligations (such as restitution) from certain criminal convictions, your license may also be suspended. (Fla. Stat. § 322.245.)
The State of Florida may issue a suspended license if you accumulate points on your driving record for driving or traffic violations. Points accumulate through driving violations such as speeding or illegally passing a school bus (Fla. Stat. § 322.27(3)(d).) Suspensions begin at 12 points. (Fla. Stat. § 322.27(3).)
Additionally, your license may be revoked for certain criminal convictions, including, but not limited to:
- murder or manslaughter charges resulting from driving,
- certain violations for driving under the influence,
- a felony, if a vehicle was used to commit it,
- failing to stop after being involved in a crash in which someone is killed or injured
- making a false statement to the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles relating to the ownership or operation of a vehicle
- three convictions for reckless driving within 12 months, or
- certain prostitution charges, if a vehicle was used. (Fla. Stat. § 322.26.)
Your license may be also revoked if the state of Florida considers you a habitual offender of certain traffic laws. (Fla. Stat. § 322.27(5).)
Habitual Traffic Offender (HTO)
Habitual Offender Status or HTO Status is a very serious designation in Florida. Florida Statute 322.264 governs who is to be designated as a Habitual Traffic Offender. The legal consequences of this classification are serious. If an individual is categorized as an Habitual Traffic Offender, they will be unable to drive for five (5) years. Additionally, a person designated as a Habitual Traffic Offender cannot apply for a Hardship License for one (1) full year once classified as a Habitual Traffic Offender. You will be designated HTO in Florida if you have three (3) convictions within five (5) years for the following offenses:
- Voluntary or Involuntary Manslaughter
3. Felony when Motor Vehicle Used
4. Driving While License Suspended, “DWLS”(With or Without Knowledge, Please
read more in the Section dealing with DWLS).
5. Failing to stop and render aid in a crash resulting in death or personal injury of another
6. Driving a Commercial Vehicle while having privilege disqualified
7. Fifteen (15) convictions for moving violations
Note: Florida law calculates points using offense dates.
Typically, Florida motorists become designated HTO due to prior “Driving while License Suspended,” charges. In some cases the HTO designation on a driving record may be reversed and the driving privilege restored.
If you have questions regarding suspended license and traffic offenses, don’t hesitate to contact the South Florida Ticket Lawyers for Broward, Miami-Dade & Palm Beach counties, the Law Offices of Joseph A. Bosco. Call 954-888-8998 x2 or 561-515-7273 for a FREE legal consultation.
We are always on your side.