Anneli Nystrand, Esq.
Associate

Drivers License Suspensions and Revocations

Driving privileges in Florida are regulated by the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.

Having a drivers license is considered a privilege.

The Department can suspend or revoke your driving privilege.

Suspension is defined as a temporary withdrawal of a person’s privilege to drive a motor vehicle.

Revocation is defined as the termination of a person’s privilege to drive a motor vehicle.

There are many ways that a person can have their driving privilege either suspended or revoked, such as:

  • Too many points within a certain period of time
  • Failure to pay child support
  • Certain drug convictions
  • If arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) either refusing to submit to a breath test or having a result of .08 or above
  • If under 21 years of age and a person is suspected of DUI either refusing a breath test or having a result above .02
  • Being classified as a habitual traffic offender
  • Medical reasons
  • Failure to maintain automobile insurance
  • Poor vision
  • Traffic violations resulting in death or injury
  • Failure to comply with a traffic summons
  • Fraud in obtaining a drivers license
  • Unpaid tickets in another state

 

Habitual Traffic Offender
If a person pays a court fine for the charge of driving on a suspended or revoked license you may be unaware that by doing so you may be falling into the habitual offender statute. Florida law states that three DWLSR charges within a five year period will necessitate the revocation of your driving privileges for one year-followed by four (4) year of restricted driving. Florida law also states a person will be considered an habitual traffic offender if they incur a combination of the following charges within a five year period:

  • Voluntary or involuntary manslaughter resulting from the operation of a motor vehicle
  • Conviction of a DUI
  • Any felony in the commission of which a motor vehicle is used
  • Driving a motor vehicle while a person’s license is suspended or revoked
  • Failing to stop and render aid when a motor vehicle crash causes death or personal injury of another or
  • Driving a commercial vehicle while that persons privilege has been disqualified.
  • Also, fifteen convictions for moving traffic offenses will classify the driver as a habitual traffic offender.
  • Driving a motor vehicle while your license is suspended or revoked could subject you to arrest, and if convicted, additional license restrictions, court costs and fines, as well as jail. Third DWLSR charges could be filed as third degree felonies subjecting you up to five years in prison.

If you change your address and fail to notify the Department of Highway Safety
you are responsible for any notifications mailed to your last known address. This could result in a suspension or revocation occurring to your drivers license without your knowledge.
The area of drivers license suspension and revocation is complicated and involves numerous statutes and a familiarity in their interpretation.

The Law office of Lee Meadows has over 36+ years of experience handling these matters.

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