Traffic Tickets Lead to Florida Habitual Traffic Offender Status

A Florida habitual traffic offender’s driver license has been suspended for 5 years due to certain traffic tickets that are on his or her driving record. The law that lists the qualifying traffic violations for habitual traffic offenders is Florida Statute Section 322.264.   A habitual traffic offender “is any person whose record…. shows that such person has accumulated the specified number of convictions for offenses…. within a 5-year period.”  Three of more convictions of the following offenses arising out of separate acts will cause you to have suspended for Florida drivers license for five years:

  1. Voluntary or involuntary manslaughter resulting from the operation of a motor vehicle. This is commonly referred to as vehicular homicide in Jacksonville FL.
  2. Driving Under the Influence of alcohol or a controlled substance. A Jacksonville DUI charge may be based on driving while impaired by either alcohol or certain drugs.
  3. Driving on a suspended or revoked license. A Jacksonville driving on a suspended or revoked license charge may be with or without knowledge. If it is done with knowledge, this is a criminal traffic ticket. If it is done without knowledge, it is a civil traffic infraction. It may look like any other Jacksonville traffic ticket, but paying a suspended license ticket will lead to a conviction and can be used against you for the purpose of a habitual traffic offender drivers license suspension.
  4. 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. This is often referred to as leaving the scene of an accident in Jacksonville FL. Note that a leaving the scene of an accident with property damage conviction is not the same as personal injury or death and will not count against you for habitual traffic offender purposes. However, it is a moving violation, so it does carry points. It is also a criminal charge.
  5. Driving a commercial motor vehicle while his or her privilege is disqualified.

The Florida habitual traffic offender law also states that your drivers license will be suspended for 5 years if you receive “fifteen convictions for moving traffic offenses for which points may be assessed as set forth in s. 322.27” within a 5 year period. This means that if you receive 15 traffic tickets that carry points (moving violations) within the time period, you will be a habitual traffic offender.

If your drivers license has been suspended as a habitual traffic offender or if you have received a letter stating that your license will be suspended, contact a Jacksonville drivers license lawyer for help. Call 904-564-2525 to speak with a Jacksonville attorney with experience helping habitual traffic offenders.

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