You do not need a Florida drivers license lawyer to tell you that if you do not pay your Florida speeding tickets, your license will be suspended. It is also clear that if you drive a car while your license is suspended, you will be given a ticket for driving on a suspended or revoked license in Florida. What is not as obvious are the long term ramifications. You may think that you can pay all of your outstanding tickets and everything will go away. You may think that you will be eligible for a Florida drivers license after that. This is not case, because your driving record still shows all of your tickets. This includes the driving while having a suspended or revoked drivers license citations. By paying the Florida tickets, you now have convictions or adjudications on your record. This may cause you to be a Florida habitual traffic offender. A Florida habitual traffic offender has either too many points or has been convicted of certain traffic offenses within a 5 year period. Florida Statute Section 322.264 is the law that defines what a habitual traffic offender is. The law states:
A “habitual traffic offender” is any person whose record, as maintained by the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, shows that such person has accumulated the specified number of convictions for offenses described in subsection (1) or subsection (2) within a 5-year period:
(1) Three or more convictions of any one or more of the following offenses arising out of separate acts:
(a) Voluntary or involuntary manslaughter resulting from the operation of a motor vehicle;
(c) Any felony in the commission of which a motor vehicle is used;
(d) Driving a motor vehicle while his or her license is suspended or revoked;
(e) Failing to stop and render aid as required under the laws of this state in the event of a motor vehicle crash resulting in the death or personal injury of another; or
(f) Driving a commercial motor vehicle while his or her privilege is disqualified.
(2) Fifteen convictions for moving traffic offenses for which points may be assessed as set forth in s. 322.27, including those offenses in subsection (1).
It is also important for you to know that tickets that you have received out of state may also count against you. Florida Statute Section 322.264 further states:
Any violation of any federal law, any law of another state or country, or any valid ordinance of a municipality or county of another state similar to a statutory prohibition specified in subsection (1) or subsection (2) shall be counted as a violation of such prohibition. In computing the number of convictions, all convictions during the 5 years previous to July 1, 1972, will be used, provided at least one conviction occurs after that date. The fact that previous convictions may have resulted in suspension, revocation, or disqualification under another section does not exempt them from being used for suspension or revocation under this section as a habitual offender.