If you received a letter from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles stating that your license was going to be suspended for five years, this may be because you are a habitual traffic offender. Most Florida habitual traffic offender drivers license suspensions are due to driving on a suspended license tickets. If you are caught driving on a suspended license in Jacksonville, you will receive a Florida traffic ticket. If you receive 3 driving on a suspended or revoked license convictions within 5 years, you will be declared a habitual traffic offender. This will result in a five year Florida drivers license suspension.
In order to undo a habitual traffic offender drivers license suspension, you need to understand the law. Florida Statute Section 322.264 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;
(b) Any violation of s. 316.193, former s. 316.1931, or former s. 860.01;
(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).”
In order to stop or undo the HTO 5-year suspension, your attorney may need to remove a prior conviction or other adjudications of guilt. A Jacksonville drivers license lawyer at 20 Miles Law can help you with this. Call (904) 564-2525 to speak to a Jacksonville attorney that has experience with HTO problems.
It is also important to collect any paperwork that will help your Jacksonville attorney navigate your case. You will want a new copy of your driving record. You will want to see if you have any unpaid Jacksonville traffic tickets that are also causing your Florida drivers license to be suspended. If you have a copy of the letter that the DMV sent you informing you that you were HTO, give it to your Jacksonville drivers license lawyer. Any information that you can provide will be helpful to solving your problem.