We represent people who get arrested or ticketed for Driving While License Suspended or Revoked (DWLSR) throughout Florida.
Driving with License Suspended or Revoked (DWLSR) is one of the most common criminal practice charges being prosecuted in the state’s court. In Florida, a driver’s license can be suspended or revoked for a variety of reasons such as Points suspension, Failure to pay child support, Failure to pay tickets, Failure to pay a judgment, Failure to appear in court, Habitual traffic offender, Conviction for drug or theft offense, Conviction for certain prostitution offenses and DUI offenses.
Florida Law provides that three or more DWLSR charges occurring within five (5) years of one another will result in the driver being labeled a habitual traffic offender. A habitual traffic offender sentence carries with it a mandatory five (5) year loss of driver’s license privileges. Furthermore, you can also be charged with a third degree felony, carrying with it a maximum prison sentence of five (5) years, or five thousand dollars ($5,000.00) fine, and/or five (5) years probation.
Contact a Palm Beach, Miami-Dade, and Broward County Driving While License Suspended Attorney
If you are arrested for Driving While License Suspended or Revoked in Palm Beach, Broward, or Miami-Dade Counties, please call us immediately to schedule a meeting to discuss your rights. You may have a defense to your charge. Also, so that you won’t become a habitual traffic offender, we need to file paperwork as soon as possible if we are even to try and keep your license in your hands.
Call us at (866) 433-3363 for your fast, free, and no obligation phone consultation.
Frequently Asked Questions
Generally, no. However, due to the mobility of cars, time does not permit a search warrant to be obtained. As a result, vigilant police are motivated to search suspicious automobiles. However, the police officer must have probable cause to believe that contraband is concealed somewhere. In essence, merely being stopped for speeding should not allow the officer to search your car; however, if the officer saw you throw an empty beer can out the window that may be sufficient probable cause to search your car. Or, if the officer smells marijuana as he approaches the car, he may have a reasonable suspicion to search. It is unreasonable to make a search of an automobile when the arrest is for a minor traffic violation (like speeding), as a subterfuge for a search for evidence of a serious crime. Yet, the many automobile exceptions are based on the lower expectation to the right of privacy in a car versus a home and the fact that cars are mobile and evidence can be more readily disposed.
There is something called the Driver’s License Compact which is an agreement between states to share driving record information with one another. So, getting a ticket in Texas will more than likely show up in New York and vice versa. However, although that is the case, there is always the slight possibility that it won’t. There are currently 5 states which do not share information with the rest of the country. They are Georgia, Massachusetts, Michigan, Tennessee, and Wisconsin. So, if you get a ticket in one of these states, chances are your home state will not find out about it.
This is a very popular misconception. Although the ‘right’ mistakes on a ticket do have the power to have it dismissed, most mistakes don’t. Things like misspelled names, a slight variation of color written down for your vehicle, and similar mistakes will not have a bearing on the case. The right mistakes are what the court calls ‘fatal flaws’ on a ticket.
If it’s for a moving violation such as speeding, ignoring it may result in a suspended license and/or a bench warrant being issued for your arrest. This is true even if you got the ticket outside of your home state.
Regardless of whether or not you are guilty of exceeding the speed limit by a few miles, it isn’t fair for you to have to pay $300 – $1,000 price tag! When you add the raised insurance premiums, you stand to lose a lot of money. It’s in your best financial interest to fight all traffic tickets… guilty or not!
If you get a traffic ticket, a defense attorney can appear for you at a hearing, challenge the law enforcement officer to prove the infraction beyond a reasonable doubt, and minimize the damage to your driving record by requesting that no points be assessed by the court. As your traffic ticket attorneys, we may be able to get the court to allow you to take a driving school option when you are ineligible by statute, either due to a recent driving school election or because the maximum school allowance has been surpassed. We also plea bargain with the Judge for the best result.
A suspension will be entered against your driver’s license which could affect your insurance rates and subject you to additional penalties.
A civil traffic infraction is a non-criminal charge such as a speeding violation, that can usually be disposed of by payment of a civil penalty or an election to attend a defensive driving school course. A court appearance is not required, except in cases were the violation involves an accident, excessive speed, accident with serious bodily injury or fatality to another.
A criminal traffic or misdemeanor charge requires a court appearance and carries with it criminal penalties which may include a fine and/or the possibility of a jail term. These include reckless driving, driving under the influence DUI or DWI, racing, etc. In many instances, the police will arrest you for these traffic criminal violations.