Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles Habitual Traffic Offender Suspension

The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles is the agency that controls drivers licenses.  This agency has the ability to issue and suspend Florida drivers licenses.  If you receive a letter from the DHSMV informing you that your license will be suspended, it is import to know the reason for the suspension.  The letter should inform you.  If the letter does not give you the information that you need, you should visit your local DHSMV office.  While you are there, pick up a copy of your Florida driving record.  You may need to hire a Jacksonville drivers license lawyer to help you maintain or reinstate your license.

The DHSMV will suspended your drivers license if you have unpaid Florida speeding tickets.  If you want to reinstate your license, you will need to pay the tickets, but this could create another problem.  If you pay all your tickets at one time, you will be convicted of the moving violations with which you were originally cited.  Moving violations carry points.  If you receive too many points within a certain time period, this will lead to a Florida drivers license suspension.  If you need to speak with a Jacksonville traffic ticket lawyer about removing points from your license, call 20 Miles Law at (904) 564-2525.

The DHMSV will also suspend your license for other reasons.  You license can be suspended as a Florida habitual traffic offender if you receive three types of moving violations within five years.  The most common type of ticket that results in a habitual traffic offender suspension is for driving on a suspended license.  If you are given a ticket for Jacksonville driving on a suspended or revoked license, this is a serious offense, because it can be used against you to suspend your license.  Your drivers license will be suspended as a habitual traffic offender if you are convicted of driving while your license is suspended 3 times in 5 years.  This applies whether or not you knew that our license was suspended or revoked.  The habitual traffic offender law can be found in Florida Statute Section 322.264.  This law lists the moving violations that will be used against you to make you a habitual traffic offender.  It states:

A “habitual traffic offender” is any person whose record, as maintained by the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, shows that such person has accumulated the specified number of convictions for offenses described in subsection (1) or subsection (2) within a 5-year period:

1) Three or more convictions of any one or more of the following offenses arising out of separate acts:

(a) Voluntary or involuntary manslaughter resulting from the operation of a motor vehicle;

(b) Any violation of s. 316.193, former s. 316.1931, or former s. 860.01;

(c) Any felony in the commission of which a motor vehicle is used;

(d) Driving a motor vehicle while his or her license is suspended or revoked;

(e) Failing to stop and render aid as required under the laws of this state in the event of a motor vehicle crash resulting in the death or personal injury of another; or

(f) Driving a commercial motor vehicle while his or her privilege is disqualified.

If you are facing a 5 year drivers license suspension or if your license has already been suspended as a habitual traffic offender, contact a Jacksonville attorney with experience helping habitual traffic offenders.  You may call (904) 564-2525 or send an email to Find a Lawyer.

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