You were pulled over for speeding in Clay County, so you received a Florida speeding ticket. You later received Jacksonville traffic ticket in Duval County. You did not pay your Florida tickets. You end up with a Florida suspended drivers license, because you have unpaid tickets. You are stopped by a police officer again. This time, he writes a ticket for driving on a suspended license in Jacksonville. Over a few of years, you are stopped a two more times for driving on a suspended license. The next thing that you know, you receive a letter in the mail from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. Your drivers license is going to be suspended for five years as a Florida Habitual Traffic Offender. You immediately pay all of your tickets. You have been going back and forth to the courthouse. You have waited in line at the DMV. You have called collections agencies to take care of all of your unpaid tickets. After you do this, you believe that you will be able to reinstate your drivers license, but it does not happen.
Why is your drivers license still suspended when you paid all of your tickets? If you are a habitual traffic offender, you cannot get your drivers license back by paying all of your tickets. You need to do more than that. Your license was probably originally suspended due to unpaid tickets, but that does not make you a habitual traffic offender. In Florida, a habitual traffic offender is based on your driving record. Read What is a Habitual Traffic Offender in Florida? for the law that sets forth the types of tickets that will make you a habitual traffic offender.
The longer that you wait to fix your drivers license, the worse your driving record becomes. If you continue to drive on a suspended license, you will be arrested and could be charged with a felony. Eventually, you will want to have a valid drivers license. The worse your driving record is, the more expensive it will be to fix. Call a Jacksonville attorney at (904) 564-2525 for help with your Florida drivers license suspension.