Most people receive at least one traffic ticket at some point in their lives, whether for speeding, running a red light, or texting and driving. Some receive multiple tickets. They pay the fines and attend traffic school (when they’re eligible to do so), and move on with their lives.
But did you know that accumulating certain types of traffic-related convictions can result in being labeled a habitual traffic offender in Florida? The label carries a stiff penalty that can negatively impact your lifestyle.
What Is A Habitual Traffic Offender?
Current Florida statutes stipulate that any individual convicted of three of the following crimes while operating a motor vehicle within a 5-year period is a habitual traffic offender (HTO):
• driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
• voluntary or involuntary manslaughter
• driving with a suspended or revoked license
• failing to render aid after being involved in an accident that resulted in injury or death
• 15 convictions for infractions set forth in chapter 322, section 27 of the 2016 Florida statutes
• any type of felony
Consequences Of Becoming A Habitual Traffic Offender
When you become an HTO, your license is revoked for a minimum of five years. You’re prohibited from operating a motor vehicle during this time period.
After one year following the date of license revocation, you can apply to obtain the right to drive based on hardship. For example, you might argue that you need to drive to and from your workplace to maintain your employment. You’ll be required to complete an approved driver training course, or substance abuse course if you were caught driving under the influence, before the right is given.
How Legal Representation Can Help You Avoid The Problem
An HTO license revocation can dramatically impact your life. If you were recently notified by the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles that your license is at risk, seek legal representation.
Our Florida traffic defense attorneys have experience in helping people avoid being labeled habitual traffic offenders. In the event your license has already been revoked, the attorneys at Skubiak & Rivas may be able to vacate prior convictions, and thereby remove your HTO status. Fill out the form on this page or call us at 407-894-4449 to receive the quality representation you deserve.