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DRIVING WHILE LICENSE SUSPENDED/REVOKED

When you are a habitual driving offender, you better have a skilled an experienced attorney by your sided. An average of 23,000 drivers have their Florida drivers license revoked each year as they are considered “Habitual Traffic Offenders”. In Florida, it’s a criminal offense to drive with a suspended or revoked license. The reason for suspension, or having your license revoked, depends on different factors.

Your license can be suspended or revoked for such actions as driving without insurance, ignoring traffic ticket payments, driving while intoxicated, refusing to take a breathalyzer test, or even by supplying an officer with fraudulent driving information. 

The punishment doesn’t just include fines and some jail time. You may have to deal with probation, drug and alcohol testing, driving education courses, counseling, and possibly losing your driving privileges for the rest of your life. FL law distinguishes two types of DWLS. Those are “with knowledge” and “without knowledge”. A person must have knowledge that his or her license has been suspended before being “found guilty”. This means you must have received a citation, with court records showing that you have been properly notified about your suspended or revoked license. 

So what’s the big deal about being caught by the police driving with a suspended or revoked license? On your first offense, you can be sentenced up to 60 days in jail. On your second offense, you can be sentenced up to one full year in jail. If you receive three convictions in less than five years, the crime can be charged as a felony. 

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