You may not even be aware that your driver's license has been suspended until you are pulled over in a traffic stop and police check their motor vehicle record. Have you been arrested for driving with a suspended license with or without knowledge? We have experience defending clients in each situation.

Driving while your license is suspended or revoked is a serious offense in Florida. If the prosecutor can prove that the violation was intentional, you will face criminal misdemeanor charges, punishable by up to 60 days in jail and a $500 fine. For subsequent offenses, the consequences are even greater.

How Your Driver's License Can Become Suspended Or Revoked

Driving with a revoked or suspended license is one of the most common criminal charges in Florida. There are many ways your driver's license can be suspended or revoked in Florida, including:

  • Points suspension
  • Child support delinquency
  • Failure to pay traffic ticket fines
  • Failure to pay a court judgment
  • Driving without insurance
  • Failure to appear in court
  • Habitual traffic offender
  • Reckless driving in some circumstances
  • Racing
  • DUI arrest or conviction
  • Conviction of drug charges
  • Conviction for certain prostitution offenses
  • DUI arrest or conviction
  • Refusal to take a breath test
  • Failure to attend court-order traffic school or complete DUI program

Penalties For Driving With A Suspended License In Florida

Penalties for driving while your license is suspended or revoked depend on whether the violation was intentional and whether you have prior convictions.

DWLSR OffensePenalties
First offense
  • Unknowingly driving without a license is a civil offense, punishable by a fine.
  • Knowingly driving without a license is a criminal misdemeanor offense, punishable by up to 60 days in jail and a $500 fine.
Second offense within five years
  • Up to one year in a jail and a $500 fine
  • Police can seize your vehicle under the Florida Contraband Forfeiture Act in Florida
Third offense within five years
  • You will be labeled a habitual traffic offender, which carries a five-year suspension of your driver's license.
  • You could be charged with a felony, subject to up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

Even if you face civil charges for unknowingly having a suspended license or one that was revoked, it's important to contact an experienced traffic defense lawyer. If you are charged with a second offense within five years, you will be charged with a criminal misdemeanor.

Defenses For Driving While Your License Is Suspended Or Revoked

There are defenses to the charge of driving while your license is suspended or revoked. One is that you did not receive notice that your driver's license was revoked. Our experience as former prosecutors allows us to give you an honest evaluation of your case so that you will know your options from the start.

Have You Been Caught Driving On A Suspended License?

At The Umansky Law Firm, we can answer any questions you may have about your charges and we will stand by your side until your case is resolved. To schedule a free case review with an Orlando driving with suspended license attorney at The Umansky Law Firm, contact us online or call 407-228-3838.

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