If you have a prior conviction for Jacksonville driving while license suspended or revoked without knowledge, you were charged with violating Florida Statute Section 322.34(1). If you acquire three Jacksonville traffic tickets or criminal traffic citations for driving on a suspended license, your Florida drivers license will be suspended for 5 years. You will be considered a Jacksonville habitual traffic offender.
There is a way to fix this. As a Jacksonville drivers license lawyer, when people tell me about their habitual traffic offender suspensions, I ask them about their Florida driving record. In many HTO (habitual traffic offender) cases, your Jacksonville criminal lawyer may be able to vacate and set aside your prior conviction. Many drivers do not even realize that their drivers license going to be suspended for 5 years until they receive a letter from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. The letter from the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles will tell you that your driving privilege will be revoked by the State of Florida on a certain date for of five years under Florida Statute 322.27(5). This may also affect your future car insurance rates and your ability to acquire automobile insurance.
You may feel helpless and that there is nothing that you can do about it. You may think that you are able to apply for a Jacksonville hardship drivers license. You will likely be surprised to learn that you cannot apply for a hardship license until after your drivers license has been suspended as a habitual traffic offender for one year. If you have 3 prior driving on a suspended license convictions and one of them is set aside, then you will only have 2 convictions. If you only have 2 convictions for driving with your license suspended and there is nothing else on your driving record to result in a HTO conviction, you should not be a habitual traffic offender anymore. You should be able to reinstate your Florida drivers license. This is why you want to contact a Jacksonville Florida attorney at 20 Miles Law. You may call (904) 564-2525 or send an email.
When you paid your old Florida traffic tickets for driving on a suspended or revoked license, you probably did not know that your license could be suspended for five years in the future under the HTO law. You may have represented yourself without understanding the legal consequences of your actions. When dealing with a civil traffic citation or a criminal traffic case, it is always a good idea to consult with a Jacksonville lawyer that has experience with Duval County traffic court. A Duval County lawyer will be able to review your driving record and try to help you find a way to get your Florida drivers license back.