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South Florida Driving on a Suspended License Lawyers

Driving on a suspended license in Florida can be classified as a civil traffic violation or a criminal offense. The criminal classification may range from a misdemeanor to felony charges.

Many alleged offenders understand the potential consequences of criminal charges, but people should also be aware of the possible long-term impact of simply paying a civil citation. Pleading guilty to the civil charge can mean that an alleged offender could have his or her license revoked for five years if he or she receives two more similar or related convictions within five years.

Palm Beach County Driving Under Suspension Lawyer

Were you recently cited for driving with a suspended license in South Florida? You should have experienced legal counsel evaluate all of your legal options.

Our driving under suspension attorneys at Meltzer & Bell, P.A. help get these types of charges reduced or dismissed for clients in such communities as West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Riviera Beach, Lake Worth, Boynton Beach, Jupiter, Delray Beach, Wellington, Palm Beach Gardens, Greenacres, and Royal Palm Beach. You can have our firm review your case when you call (561) 557-8686 to schedule a free, confidential consultation.

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Reasons Why Driver Licenses Are Suspended in West Palm Beach

Whether an alleged offender is aware of it or not, a driver license can be suspended for any one of a number of reasons in Florida. Some of the reasons that motorists have their licenses suspended include, but are not limited to:

  • Failure to comply with traffic summons
  • Failure to appear on a traffic summons
  • Failure to pay fine
  • Unpaid tickets
  • Failure to complete court-ordered school
  • 15 unexcused school absences in 90 days
  • Inadequate/Field of Vision
  • Incapable of operating a motor vehicle safely
  • 12 driver license points within 12 months
  • 18 driver license points within 18 months
  • 24 driver license points within 36 months
  • Non-DUI traffic violation resulting in death or serious bodily injury
  • Delinquent in child support
  • Refusal to submit to DUI chemical or physical breath test

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Florida Driving Under Suspension Charges

Florida Statute § 322.34 states that any person who drives a vehicle upon Florida highways without knowing his or her license or privilege is canceled, suspended, or revoked is guilty of a moving violation, If the alleged offender knowingly drives while such license or privilege is canceled, suspended, or revoked, the classification of the criminal offense depends on whether he or she has been previously convicted of the offense:

  • First Conviction — Second-degree misdemeanor
  • Second Conviction — First-degree misdemeanor
  • Third Conviction — Third-degree felony

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Penalties for Driving Under Suspension in Palm Beach County

A person who is convicted of driving on a suspended license can face possible imprisonment and fines if convicted. The length of a jail or prison sentence and the amount of the fine depends on the specific classification of the crime:

  • Second-Degree Misdemeanor — Up to 60 days in jail and fine of up to $500
  • First-Degree Misdemeanor — Up to one year in jail and fine of up to $1,000
  • Third-Degree Felony — Up to five years in prison and fines of up to $5,000

It is important to note that a motorist who is convicted of driving on a suspended or revoke license could risk being classified as a habitual traffic offender (HTO). This means the alleged offender will have his or her license revoked for five years and he or she cannot even request a hardship license for one year.

A motorist will be classified as an HTO for 15 convictions for moving traffic offenses for which points may be assessed or three or more convictions of any combination of  the following offenses within a five-year period:

  • Driving on a suspended or revoked license
  • Voluntary or involuntary manslaughter resulting from the operation of a motor vehicle
  • Driving under the influence (DUI)
  • Any felony in the commission of which a motor vehicle is used
  • 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
  • Driving a commercial motor vehicle while license or  privilege is disqualified

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Find the Best Driving Under Suspension Lawyer in West Palm Beach

If you have been charged with driving under a suspended or revoked license in South Florida, it is in your best interest to immediately get legal representation. Meltzer & Bell, P.A. fights to defend the rights of clients all over Palm Beach County, including Delray Beach, Greenacres, Boynton Beach, Jupiter, West Palm Beach, Wellington, Royal Palm Beach, Lake Worth, Riviera Beach, Boca Raton, and Palm Beach Gardens.

Our firm has more than 20 years of combined experience handling these types of cases. Our driving under suspension attorneys will provide an honest evaluation of your case during a free legal consultation as soon as you call (561) 557-8686 today.

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