Most people cannot afford to have their drivers licenses suspended. They cannot afford it, because they cannot to loose their jobs. Jacksonville is a large city, and it is spread out. People must commute to get to and from their jobs. People need to drive to be able to pick their children up from school or daycare. There are a lot of people in Jacksonville and the surrounding towns that do not have a valid drivers licenses. Even though their licenses are suspended or revoked, they continue to drive because they have to provide for their families. This puts them in a bad situation. If they are caught, they could be arrested for driving on a suspended or revoked license in Jacksonville. If the driver is a Florida habitual traffic offender, he or she is now facing felony charges. Driving while your license is suspended will certainly create problems if the situation is not fixed. Depending on the reason for your Florida drivers license suspension, a Jacksonville drivers license lawyer may be able to help you. To speak with a Jacksonville attorney with experience, call (904) 564-2525.
What if you are a Jacksonville habitual traffic offender? Will you be able to have your license reinstated? Are you eligible for a hardship license? Maybe. You may be able to obtain a hardship license through the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. This is done through a hearing with the DMV. A hardship license is very limited. Instead of obtaining a hardship license, you may be able to resinstate your regular drivers license. A Jacksonville drivers license attorney may be able to help you with this, but she will need to see your driving record. If you are a habitual traffic offender, you are not eligible for a hardship license until after the first year of suspension. However, your Jacksonville lawyer may be able to help you with this by reisntating your license. That means that you would not need to apply for a hardship drivers license.
The Florida Administrative Code that applies ot hardship liceneses is Section 15A-1.019 which states:
Any driver whose driver’s license has been suspended, revoked, or cancelled for any reason, other than those that are statutorily prohibited, and habitual offenders during the first year of their five year revocation, may apply immediately to the Department for the modification of the order or the reinstatement of a license pursuant to Section 322.271, F.S., as follows:
(1) Furnish the Department with a completed Application for Administrative Hearing…. and the following:
(a) Driver’s license, if in applicant’s possession.
(b) A list of all arrests for traffic violations in this and any other state.
(c) Proof of driver improvement school requirements as provided in Section 322.271, F.S.
(2) If, after the hearing, the Department modifies its suspension, revocation or cancellation order or reinstates the use of the applicant’s driver’s license, such use will be for employment or business purposes only as defined in Section 322.271, F.S. for the remaining period of the original suspension or revocation.
(3) If, after the hearing, the Department affirms its original order, no further hearing shall be held, except that another hearing shall be granted by the Department if proof of new evidence is submitted.
(4) A violation of the restrictions imposed on the use of a reinstated license shall cause the license to be automatically suspended or revoked for the remainder of the period of the original suspension or revocation.