A habitual traffic offender has a drivers license that has been suspended for five years due to traffic tickets on his or her Florida driving record. As a Jacksonville drivers license lawyer, I have helped habitual traffic offenders obtain valid drivers licenses. The majority of habitual offender license suspensions that I have seen were a result of driving on a suspended or revoked license tickets. If you receive three Jacksonville driving on a suspended license convictions within a five-year period, your driver’s license will be suspended for 5 years as a Jacksonville Habitual Traffic Offender. The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles will send a letter to you giving you notice of the Florida drivers license suspension and the date your license will be suspended. In most cases, the habitual traffic offender’s drivers license will be suspended approximately three weeks after the letter is sent. If you receive a letter from the DHSMV stating that you are facing a drivers license suspension, contact a Jacksonville attorney at 20 Miles Law. Call (904) 564-2525 to speak with a Jacksonville drivers license attorney or send and email to find an lawyer.
It is important to contact an attorney as soon as you find out that your driver’s license is being suspended. Your attorney will need to petition the court to help you prevent the habitual traffic offender suspension. If your license has already been suspended, your attorney will need to work on having your license reinstated. Do not continue to drive while your license is suspended. If a police officer catches you driving while your license is suspended as a Florida habitual traffic offender, you may be charged with a felony. Also, the worse your driving record is, the harder it will be for a lawyer to help you obtain a drivers license.
All Jacksonville traffic tickets should be taken seriously. Florida speeding tickets may cause points to be added to your license. Too many points on your license will cause it to be suspended. If you drive while your license is suspended, you will receive another ticket. Ultimately, your drivers license may be suspended a habitual traffic offender. Florida Statute Section 322.264 defines Habitual Traffic Offenders in Florida. This law tells you which traffic infractions may lead to a 5-year drivers license suspension. 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;
(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).