Driving While License Suspended or Revoked (DWLSR) is one of the most common criminal charges in Florida. Your license to drive can be suspended for a number of different reasons including:
o Failure to pay traffic fines o Failure to maintain auto insurance
o Points on your license
o Outstanding Child Support Obligations
o And many others
Many people underestimate the significance of being charged with driving while license suspended. Depending on the circumstances, a DWLSR can be charged as a civil traffic infraction (a ticket), or a misdemeanor criminal offense. If you are convicted of three DWLSR charges within a five year period you will be designated as a Habitual Traffic Offender by the Department of Motor Vehicles, which will result in your license being suspended for an additional five years. DWLSR as a Habitual Traffic Offender is third degree felony, punishable by up to five years in prison. The defense of any DWLSR charge begins with the traffic stop. There are numerous factors that must be examined to properly analyze the legality of a traffic stop. If the law enforcement officer did not have legal justification to stop your vehicle, a motion to suppress can be filed, which may result in the entire case being dismissed. It is also important to carefully investigate the reasons why your license has been suspended. The rules and regulations relating to the Florida drivers licenses can be confusing. Most people are not aware that when you pay a ticket for driving while license suspended, it is considered an admission of guilt by the Department of Motor Vehicles, which could result in a further suspension. Often times, people will pay fines in an attempt to resolve issues with their driver’s license, but end up making things worse because they didn’t fully understand the implications of their actions. The good news is, regardless of how your license was suspended, very often there are steps that can be taken to get your license reinstated and avoid further suspensions. Depending on the particular issues surrounding your suspension there are a number of different methods by which you can challenge prior convictions and overturn previous suspensions.