Did you receive a letter in the mail from the Department of Highways Safety and Motor Vehicles stating that your license was going to be suspended as a Habitual Traffic Offender in Florida? Now, you are facing the fact that your drivers license will be suspended for 5 years. You are also dealing with the issue that you will not be eligible for a hardship for another year. How will you work? How will you take care of your family? This is going to create a big problem for you. If you do drive as a habitual traffic offender in Florida, you may be arrested for a felony. If your Florida drivers license is suspended or will be suspended, contact a Jacksonville drivers license attorney for help. You may call (904) 564-2525 to speak with a Florida drivers license lawyer about your options.
How did I become a Florida Habitual Traffic Offender?
Florida Statute Section 322.264 is the drivers license law that governs habitual offenders. 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.
(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).
Any violation of any federal law, any law of another state or country, or any valid ordinance of a municipality or county of another state similar to a statutory prohibition specified in subsection (1) or subsection (2) shall be counted as a violation of such prohibition. In computing the number of convictions, all convictions during the 5 years previous to July 1, 1972, will be used, provided at least one conviction occurs after that date. The fact that previous convictions may have resulted in suspension, revocation, or disqualification under another section does not exempt them from being used for suspension or revocation under this section as a habitual offender.
If you are a habitual traffic offender, you became one due to this law. As a Jacksonville traffic attorney, the ticket that causes HTO status for most drivers is driving on a suspended or revoked license.
How Can I Obtain a Florida drivers license?
In order to clear your habitual traffic offender status, you need to get to the root of the problem. Your Jacksonville lawyer will need to clear some of the convictions. Some cases are easier than others. It will depend on your Florida driving record. The best thing to do is speak with an Jacksonville attorney with experience. If you have any questions, you may send an email by clicking on Find a Lawyer.