Florida Habitual Traffic Offenders Erase Convictions and Points

Did a police officer give you a Florida speeding ticket? Have you received a Jacksonville traffic ticket for another moving violation? Moving violations may cause the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV or DMV) to put points on your license. Points could lead to a Florida drivers license suspension. Too many convictions for certain traffic offenses will result in your Florida driving license being suspended as a habitual traffic offender. If you are having trouble with your driving record, contact a Jacksonville drivers license lawyer. Call (904) 564-2525 to speak with a Jacksonville drivers license attorney or send an email to Find a Lawyer.

Here is how the Florida point system works:

  1. Depending on the speed, a speeding ticket will put 3 – 4 points on your driving record.  The threshold amount is 15 miles per hour. If you are going under 15 miles per hour, you will receive 3 points for a conviction. If you are traveling at a rate of 15 miles per hour or more, you will receive 4 points.
  2. Jacksonville reckless driving convictions may give you 4 points.  Additionally, this is a criminal traffic citation that could lead to a criminal conviction, so you should speak with a Jacksonville criminal lawyer.
  3. If you received a citation for leaving the scene of an accident in Jacksonville, you want to ask your Jacksonville criminal attorney about the points associated with this ticket and any affect this may have on your Florida criminal record.
  4. You may receive 6 points for causing a car accident due to speeding.
  5. Illegally passing a stopped school bus results in 4 points.
  6. According to Florida Statute 322.27(3)(d), “A violation of a traffic control signal device as provided in s. 316.074(1) or s. 316.075(1)(c)1” is a 4-point violation.

Too many points on your driving record will cause your license to be suspended. The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles shows you how too many points can suspended your license:

  1. 2 points accumulated in 12 months will result in a 30 day suspension of your driving privilege.
  2. 18 points accumulated in 18 months (including points from a 12 point suspension) will result in a 3-month suspension of your driving privilege.
  3. 24 points accumulated in 36 months (including points from a 12 point and /or 18 point suspension) will result in a one-year suspension of your driving privilege.

If your drivers license has been suspended due to points, a Jacksonville lawyer with experience may be able to help you erase some of these points. What if your problem is not that you have too many points, but the issue is that you are considered a Florida habitual traffic offender?

A Florida habitual traffic offender has been adjudicated guilty of three of the following offenses within a five-year period. This leads to your drivers license being suspended for 5 years. The following traffic violations can be used against you to make you a habitual traffic offender:

  1. A Jacksonville Driving Under the Influence conviction which is also referred to a DUI or DWI.
  2. Using a motor vehicle to commit a felony crime.
  3. A hit and run or leaving the scene of an accident conviction that results in death or serious bodily injury.
  4. Driving a commercial vehicle without a CDL license.
  5. The most popular are
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Even if you did not receive a ticket for one of the offenses listed above, you can still become a habitual traffic offender in Florida. How many convictions have you had for moving violations in the past 5 years? If your answer is 15 or more tickets, you may also be declared HTO.

I speak with people all the time that work hard to pay off all of their outstanding tickets, just to learn that the convictions or points have resulted in a drivers license suspension. If this has happened to you in Duval, Clay, Nassau, or St. Johns County, Call 20 Miles Law at (904) 564-2525 to speak with an experience attorney.


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