In Pinellas County, law enforcement officers are constantly running license plates on their in-car computers to see if the registered owner of the car has a valid license. If you are stopped at a red light and there is a police officer behind you, there is no question that he is likely to run your tag to check your license status. This provides the officer with an easy reason to pull you over, and potentially issue a citation or arrest you for Driving While License Suspended or Revoked (DWLSR). There are a number of reasons why an individual’s driver’s license could become suspended. These include, unpaid traffic tickets or court fines, child support issues, failure to complete a traffic school, a medical suspension, a DUI arrest or conviction, failure to have automobile insurance, a conviction for a drug offense (Chapter 893 violation), a habitual traffic offender designation, a conviction for Fleeing and Eluding, a conviction for Solicitation of Prostitution, and accumulating too many “points.”
Many people come to our office after being charged with a DWLSR in the St. Petersburg or Clearwater areas. In some cases, the individual had previously received and simply paid a citation for DWLSR in the past. What they did not realize is that if an individual is convicted of three DWLSR offenses in a five-year period, he or she is designated as a “Habitual Traffic Offender” and suffers a five-year license suspension. Thus, the failure to pay a speeding ticket timely can snowball into a big problem.
The potential penalties for Driving While License Suspended or Revoked vary depending on the level of the offense for which the subject is charged. Below is a list of the common levels of punishment for Driving While License Suspended or Revoked and the potential penalties for each offense:
Our team of highly experienced criminal defense lawyers helps clients with suspended license issues on a daily basis. Our team will analyze your driver’s license record and evaluate what may be done to reinstate your privilege to drive. Likewise, we can offer guidance as to what efforts can be made to minimize both the penalties that may be imposed by the court, as well as what can be done to minimize the long-term consequences to your driving record. There are a number of possible solutions that we may be able to employ to secure the best possible result in your case. In that regard, we will answer the following questions:
If you have been charged with Driving on a Suspended License in St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Tarpon Springs, Palm Harbor, Oldsmar, Dunedin, Safety Harbor, Largo, Belleair, Indian Rocks Beach, Redington Shores, Madeira Beach, Treasure Island, St. Pete Beach, Tierra Verde, Gulfport, Kenneth City or Pinellas Park, call our office for a free consultation.