Florida Laws for Habitual Traffic Offenders

I receive calls almost everyday from people with suspended Florida drivers licenses.  Your license may be suspended for a number of reasons.  The most common reason is for unpaid Florida traffic tickets.  I also see a lot of drivers license suspensions due to too many Florida speeding tickets.  Your license may be suspended as a habitual traffic offender if you have too many Jacksonville traffic tickets for moving violations.  Convictions for traffic citations that are also moving violations will put points on your license.  This will cause the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles to suspend your license.  If you have 15 tickets for moving violations within a 5 year period, this may cause your FL drivers license to be suspended for five years.  This will cause you to be a habitual traffic offender.

In my experience as a Jacksonville drivers license lawyer, I know a lot of people that have been cited for driving on a suspended or revoked license.  These civil citations can become criminal.  I am also a criminal lawyer in Jacksonville FL.  I have seen too many people that were not criminals have Florida criminal records due to problems with a suspended license.   A driving on a suspended ticket may be criminal under certain circumstances.  Read Difference Between Criminal Charge and Civil Ticket in Florida if you would like to know how to tell if a driving while your license is suspended ticket is criminal or civil.

If you receive too many driving while your license is suspended or revoked convictions, you will be labeled a Florida habitual traffic offender.  That means that you will have the same 5 year suspension that I discussed above.  If you are caught driving, you could be arrested for a felony crime.  Driving on a suspended license tickets are not the only types of moving violations that could cause you to become a habitual traffic offender.

Florida Statute Section 322.264 lists the types of traffic convictions that will count against you for the purpose of becoming a habitual traffic offender.  If you receive three convictions for any combination of the traffic violations set forth below, your license will be suspended for five years.  The  Florida Laws for Habitual Traffic Offenders states that the following charges qualify as one of the three convictions necessary for habitual traffic offender status:

  1. Jacksonville Driving Under the Influence or DUI or DWI;
  2. Vehicular manslaughter;
  3. Committing a felony with a car or other motor vehicle;
  4. Jacksonville leaving the scene of an accident with death or serious bodily injury;
  5. Driving a commercial vehicle without a Florida commercial drivers license; and
  6. Jacksonville driving on a suspended or revoked license.

If you have received a letter stating that your license is going to be suspended for five years, contact a Jacksonville lawyer with experience in the field.  You may call 20 Miles Law at 904-564-2525 or send an email to Contact Lawyers.

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About Cynthia, 20 Miles Law

Cynthia Veintemillas

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Cynthia Veintemillas is an experienced Florida attorney. She began her legal career at the public defender’s office in Jacksonville, Florida. Her primary practice fields include criminal defense, litigation, and family law. She has also represented many people facing foreclosure in Duval County, Clay County, and St. Johns County, Florida.

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice

  • Florida, 2006
  • South Carolina, 2007
  • Middle District of Florida, 2009

Professional & Bar Association Memberships

  • Florida Bar 
Member Since: 2006
  • South Carolina 
Member Since: 2007
  • Jacksonville Bar 
Member Since: 2008
  • Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

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