The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles is the government agency that issues drivers licenses. This entity is often referred to as the DMV or DHSMV. They also control Florida drivers licenses suspensions. As a Jacksonville drivers license lawyer, I often receive calls from drivers that have suspended drivers licenses. Many of these people are Florida habitual traffic offenders. This means that their drivers license has been suspended for 5 years. It is hard to imagine not having a Florida drivers license for five years. How do you work? How do you go to school? How do you take care of your family? We do not live in New York City. This is Jacksonville, FL. Duval, Clay, Nassau, and St. Johns County also include a lot of rural areas. Public transportation is limited.
If your drivers license has been suspended as a Jacksonville habitual traffic offender, you should understand the way the suspension works. You will be labeled a habitual traffic offender if you fall under one of the two categories below:
1. Three Major Traffic Convictions
If you have been convicted of 3 major traffic offenses within a 5 year period, your license will be suspended as a Florida habitual traffic offender. These Florida traffic tickets include:
- Voluntary or involuntary manslaughter resulting from the operation of a motor vehicle
- A violation of Florida Statute Section 316.193 (DUI) or former Sections 316.1931 or 860.01.
- Using a vehicle to commit a felony
- Florida driving on a suspended or revoked license
- Florida leaving the scene of an accident that results in death or personal injury to another person.
2. 15 Minor Traffic Convictions
If you have 15 convictions for Florida tickets that are moving violations within 5 years, you will be a habitual traffic offender. Jacksonville traffic tickets that are moving violations will give you points. This will be on your Florida driving record. Florida Statute Section 322.27 gives the point list. Florida Statute 322.264 is the habitual traffic offender law.
Do not allow your FL drivers license to be suspended as a habitual traffic offender. You should avoid points on your FL driving record. If you do receive a Florida speeding ticket, do not ignore it. Your license will be suspended. If you pay the ticket, you will receive points for a moving violation. Talk to a Jacksonville lawyer before paying the ticket. You only have limited amount of time to pay the Florida ticket or to set a court date. Do not hesitate. Call a Jacksonville attorney at (904) 564-2525 or send an email.
If your Florida drivers license is suspended, do not drive. If you do, you may receive a ticket for driving on a suspended or revoked license. Call a Jacksonville criminal lawyer for help with this. It may be a criminal traffic infraction. If you are a habitual traffic offender, you could be arrested for a felony charge. Talk to a Jacksonville criminal attorney about how to get your Florida drivers license back. You may be eligible for a Florida Hardship Drivers License for Jacksonville Habitual Traffic Offenders. You may be able to have your unrestricted drivers license reinstated. Call 20 Miles Law at (904) 564-2525.