Traffic Offenses

Driving under the influence is probably the most common criminal traffic offense on the state’s highways. However, there are many other traffic offenses which have serious consequences on your license, 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 prolonged license suspension. Knowingly driving on a suspended license is a criminal offense punishable by up to 60 days in jail. A second conviction for the same offense is punishable by up to 1 year in county jail. Lastly, the third conviction can result in both a felony conviction and a prison sentence.

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Along with these criminal consequences, the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) will punish you 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 offenses of driving with a suspended license. If you are convicted of 3 driving while your license is suspended charges within a 5 year period, you can potentially be classified as an habitual traffic offender (HTO), resulting in a revocation of your license for 5 years. This HTO status can occur even if the citations were only civil infractions. In other words, even if you did not have knowledge that your license was suspended, if you received an adjudication on the infraction it will count towards one of the three convictions needed for an HTO status. If you have been classified by the DMV as an habitual traffic offender, 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 Tampa Bay area and surrounding counties 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 us today for a free consultation. Call now.

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The Fletcher Law Practice, PLLC

  • 1300 Dr M.L.K. Jr St N, St. Petersburg, FL 33705
  • 111 2nd Ave NE, Ste. 213, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
  • 13575 58th St. N., Clearwater, FL 33760 (For Appointments)

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