Driving under the influence is probably the most common criminal traffic offense on the state’s highways. However, there are many others hurdles which have serious consequences on your license. Such as your ability to work, and even your freedom. A common mistake drivers make when they receive a ticket for a traffic violation is failing to take it seriously. Those who make this mistake often face criminal consequences and a prolong license suspension. Driving on a suspended license is a criminal offense punishable by up to 60 days in jail. This will happen if you know that your license is suspended when you were caught driving. A second conviction for the same offense is punishable by up to 1 year in county jail. Lastly, the third conviction can results in both a felony conviction and a prison sentence.
Department of Motor Vehicles
Along with these criminal consequences, the Department of Motor Vehicles will punish you. They will do this separate and apart from your criminal case by revoking your privilege to drive. The DMV has a strict rule for those who are convicted on multiple occasions for driving with a suspended license. 3 such convictions within a 5 year period can potentially cause you to be classified as an habitual traffic offender. Resulting in a revocation of your license for 5 years. This can occur even if the citations were only civil infractions. In other words, you did not have knowledge that your license was suspended so long as you received an adjudication on the infraction. If you have been classified by the DMV as an habitual traffic offender, be prepared. Any subsequent offense for driving with a suspended license during the five year revocation period can be charged as a felony.
The Fletcher Law Practice can provide quality representation to those in the St. Petersburg, Clearwater, and Tampa Bay area who need to get back on track with their license. The Fletcher Law Practice will defend against other serious traffic offenses such as Fleeing and Eluding, Aggravated Fleeing and Eluding, Reckless driving, leaving the scene of an accident, racing upon highways and careless driving. If you or a loved one has been arrested or cited for any one of these traffic offenses, you can speak with Attorney Rick Fletcher today for a free consultation. Call now.