As a Jacksonville drivers license lawyer, I have helped people that have had problems with their driving records and traffic citations. Some Jacksonville traffic tickets are civil citations. They are not criminal charges, but may lead to points on your license that could result in a Florida drivers license suspension. Other tickets are actually criminal charges. A criminal traffic ticket or notice to appear citation will create a criminal record even though it looks like a civil traffic ticket. If you do receive a ticket, contact 20 Miles Law at (904) 564-2525 to speak with a Jacksonville lawyer that has experience handling civil and criminal citations. You may also send an email to Find a Lawyer.
Certain traffic tickets could suspend your Florida drivers license. An arrest and criminal conviction may also affect the status of your drivers license. Here is a list of some criminal charges that may suspend your license:
Jacksonville Driving Under the Influence Arrest: Driving under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance is often referred to as DUI or DWI. An arrest may cause your drivers license to be suspended. A DUI drivers license suspension may range from 6 months to a lifetime. Read Florida Statute Section 316.193 for more details.
Jacksonville Theft Crimes: Your drivers license may be suspended if you are convicted of a crime that does not even relate to driving. For instance, if you are convicted of shoplifting in Jacksonville, your Florida drivers license could be suspended for six months or longer. Read Jacksonville Drivers License Suspended for Theft for more information.
Florida Drug Charges: If you are convicted of possession of marijuana in Jacksonville or another enumerated drug offense, the DMV will suspend your drivers license for two years. Read Florida Drivers License Suspended for Jacksonville Drug Conviction to learn more about a drivers license suspension based on drug possession.
Racing on Highways Ticket: Florida Statute Section 316.191 applies to racing on highways. If you are caught racing on a highway, your license may be suspended for one year. Subsequent violations could lead to a longer suspension.
Jacksonville Criminal Mischief Charges: Under Florida Statute Section 806.13, “In addition to any other penalty provided by law, if a minor is found to have committed a delinquent act under this section for placing graffiti on any public property or private property, and the minor is eligible by reason of age for a driver license or driving privilege, the court shall direct the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles to revoke or withhold issuance of the minor’s driver license or driving privilege for not more than 1 year….”
Jacksonville Driving on a Suspended or Revoked License: Under Florida law, driving on a suspended or revoked license may be a civil or criminal case. Convictions for driving on a suspended or revoked license may lead to you being declared a habitual traffic offender by the Department of Highways Safety and Motor Vehicles. If you are a Florida habitual traffic offender, you may be arrested for a felony if you are caught driving.
There are other ways that your drivers license may be suspended. If you are issued a ticket or arrested, speak with a Jacksonville criminal attorney about your case.