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DRIVING WHILE LICENSE
SUSPENDED
TRAFFIC DEFENSE ATTORNEYS
ORLANDO, FLORIDA

IF YOU ARE CHARGED WITH DRIVING ON A SUSPENDED
LICENSE (DWLS/NVDL):

It is important to speak to a traffic defense attorney immediately.
You could be facing jail time, and convictions can result in a 5-year
suspension of your driver's license
.  It is important to have a traffic
defense attorney review your situation, including your driving and
criminal history, and determine the best course of action.  

Time is of the essence. Do not wait until the last minute to speak
to an attorney.  There may be matters that need to be addressed
prior to your court date, and any delays can be costly.


There may be several reasons why your license has been
suspended, which may include:


Failure to appear on a traffic ticket.  When you receive a
ticket, you have 30 days to contact the court in response to
the ticket.  If you missed the deadline, your license may be
suspended.  Our office may be able help you clear your
suspension and represent you on the ticket.


DUI.  Your license will be automatically suspended if you
have been arrested for a DUI.  Please call us or visit or DUI
page for more information.


Point suspension.  If you accumulate points on your driver's
license, too many points can result in a point suspension.  
The point system works as follows:

The number of points will depend on the violation:
most moving violations are worth 3 points; moving
violations resulting in an accident, speeding 16 mph
or more over the speed limit, running a red light, and
reckless driving are each 4 points; leaving the scene
of an accident with property damage is 6 points;
unlawful speed resulting in an accident is 6 points.  

12 points in 12 months is a 30 day suspension.

18 points in 18 months is a 3-month suspension.

24 points in 36 months is a 12-month suspension.  

The State of Florida may require that you complete
driving classes and pay reinstatement fees to regain
your license.  In addition to possible point
suspension, your insurance is likely to increase if
you receive points.  Therefore, it is a good idea to
talk to an attorney when you receive a citation to
discuss your options to avoid points.

For Minors (under 18):  If you receive 6 points on
your driving record within a 12 month period, your
driving privileges are automatically restricted to
business purposes only for 12 months or until you
are 18, whichever happens first. If you receive
additional points during this restricted period, the
restriction is extended 90 days for each additional
point.


Certain criminal convictions.  If you are convicted of certain
crimes--even if you receive a withhold of adjudication in
some cases--your license can be suspended as a result.  
This even includes certain theft and drug charges and
criminal traffic charges.  


HTO (Habitual Traffic Offender):  Certain convictions on
your license can result in your license being suspended for
5 years, with a minimum 1-year waiting (no driving) period
before you can apply for a hardship permit. If you are
charged with driving while on HTO status, you may be
charged with a felony, which can result in jail/prison time
and becoming a convicted felon.  If you have been
designated HTO, consult an attorney regarding your options
to possibly reverse/undo the HTO suspension.
 

DON'T PAY THAT
"DRIVING WHILE
LICENSE
SUSPENDED"
TICKET!

If you have been cited with "Driving While License Suspended," (DWLS), do NOT pay the ticket or go to court for your ticket without first speaking to an experienced traffic ticket defense attorney.  Paying these tickets can result in a 5-year suspension of your driver's the time you pay the ticket--this suspension is done by the State of Florida AFTER these tickets are paid. The decision how best to handle these charges needs to be  made only after a careful review of your case and your driving history.