Florida state law defines driving with a suspended license as someone who operates a vehicle on a Florida highway while knowing their license has been suspended or revoked. The individual would have knowledge of the license suspension either through a court order or by receiving a citation of the provision in place.
Driving with a suspended license in Florida is a criminal offense. It can either be a misdemeanor or a felony depending on the cause for suspension and any repeat violations involved. The prosecutor must prove that an individual has been aware of the license suspension. This is done by providing documentation such as government agency-issued citations about the suspension.
Reasons for a suspended license
There are many reasons one would have a suspended license in Florida. They include driving while intoxicated, failing a driving test, driving without insurance and classification as a habitual traffic offender. A conviction for certain crimes also can leave an individual with a suspended license, such as for leaving the scene of a car accident that resulted in death or serious physical harm, possession of a controlled substance, shoplifting and vehicular manslaughter.
Consequences for driving with a suspended license
Punishments for driving with a suspended license depend on the number of offenses involved. First and second-time offenses are misdemeanors that can result in imprisonment up to 60 days and/or fines up to $500. A third-time offense is a felony. The penalty for that is a prison term up to five years and/or fines up to $5,000.
How Anderson & Ferrin can help you
The law firm of Anderson & Ferrin, located in Orlando, FL can direct you in lifting the suspension off your driver’s license. Our attorneys are knowledgeable of Florida state traffic laws that can benefit your case. We understand that some people may be driving with a suspended license without any awareness of such an issue. Whatever your situation may be, Anderson & Ferrin will speak with you about how you could reinstate your license.
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