If your driver’s license has been suspended as a habitual traffic offender, you may still be able to drive. Your must first either have your driver’s license reinstated or obtain a hardship license. If you continue to drive without a license, you may be arrested for driving on a suspended or revoked license in Jacksonville FL. You may also be charged with a felony as a Jacksonville habitual traffic offender.
If you are a habitual traffic offender seeking a hardship drivers license, you must fill certain requirements. You should contact the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles for more information about the documents that you will need to provide at the hearing for a hardship permit. There are two problems that people run into when it comes to hardship licenses in Florida. First, your drivers license must be suspended for one year as a habitual traffic offender. During that one-year time period, you cannot receive a ticket. This means that you cannot drive for a year. If you do and you are caught, you will not be able to apply for a hardship license after the first year. Second, a hardship drivers license does not let you drive whenever you would like. Your license will be restricted.
Even if you are a habitual traffic offender and your Florida drivers license is suspended or will be suspended, you may still be able to have your license reinstated or you may be able to stop the suspension. This means that you would have a Florida drivers license without restrictions and instead of a hardship license. You also would not be required to wait for a year before obtaining your license. A Jacksonville drivers license lawyer can help you with this. You may speak to a Jacksonville drivers license lawyer by calling (904) 564-2525 or sending an email to Find a Lawyer.
Your Jacksonville attorney will need to know the reason for your habitual traffic offender suspension. Florida Statute Section 322.264 is the habitual traffic offender law. It is listed below. If you are a habitual traffic offender, it is because you have convictions for three of the offenses listed below within a five year period. Your drivers license may also be suspended if your received 15 convictions within 5 years for certain Jacksonville traffic tickets.
Section 322.264 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;
(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.
(2) Fifteen convictions for moving traffic offenses for which points may be assessed as set forth in s. 322.27, including those offenses in subsection (1).