In Florida, your driver’s license can be suspended or revoked for a variety of reasons. For example, you may have neglected to pay a traffic fine. You might have accrued too many points on your driving record. Or you may have been caught driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Whatever the reason, driving with a suspended or revoked license (DWLS) is a moving violation that carries stiff penalties in Florida. These penalties can include jail time and a permanent black mark on your record if you’re a habitual offender. We strongly urge you to contact our experienced Orlando DWLS defense attorneys if you’ve been charged with this offense.
Lack Of Knowledge Doesn’t Protect You From A DWLS Conviction
According to Florida Statute 322.34, unknowingly driving with a suspended or revoked license is still a moving violation. While a conviction rarely imposes a prison sentence, it will result in a fine (up to $500) and points on your driving record.
Worse, if you’ve been convicted for this offense in the past, the prosecutor can argue a rebuttal presumption of knowledge. The offense, along with its accompanying penalties, become much more serious.
DWLS Conviction With Knowledge
Knowingly driving with a suspended or revoked license is considered a criminal infraction. In addition to fines, you could spend significant time in jail. The length of the sentence increases with each incident.
A first-time conviction is a second-degree misdemeanor. You may be compelled to spend up to 60 days in jail.
A second conviction is a first-degree misdemeanor. You may be forced to spend up to one year in jail.
A third conviction is a third-degree felony. It carries a potential 5-year jail sentence.
Seek Immediate Legal Representation If You’ve Been Charged With DWLS
Our Florida traffic ticket attorneys have more than 60 years of combined experience defending thousands of clients against charges related to traffic violations and criminal offenses. We’re ready to aggressively protect your rights and pursue the best possible outcome for your case.
Don’t leave this to chance. There’s too much at stake, including your freedom. Contact us immediately at 407-894-4449 for a no-obligation, risk-free consultation regarding your DWLS charge.