A sizeable number of people contact a Miami criminal lawyer because they have been accused of a drug offense. But, how do these drug offenses affect your driver’s license? How and why would your license be suspended due to a drug offense? If you are a Florida driver, then you probably already know that the penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs are extremely severe. In fact, a conviction for a DUI for either alcohol or drugs can lead to a license suspension or complete revocation. Even a first-time offense can result in you losing your driver’s license for a period of one year. That is why it is important to get in touch with a criminal defense attorney in Miami as soon as possible after the citation or arrest.
However, there are other offenses – other than driving under the influence – that can lead to your driver’s license being suspended or revoked. Of course, you can lose your license if you get too many speeding tickets and acquire too many points on your license, but this is specifically about criminal offenses. The fact is, if you are convicted of a drug offense, you may lose your driver’s license as well. Florida statute 322.055 says exactly this; as quoted below:
Upon the conviction of a person 18 years of age or older for possession or sale of, trafficking in, or conspiracy to possess, sell, or traffic in a controlled substance, the court shall direct the department to revoke the driver license or driving privilege of the person. F.S. 322.055
Obviously, the text in the statute is very clear. If you are convicted of selling or dealing drugs, or pretty much any other drug offenses, the court is supposed to instruct the DMV to revoke your driver’s license. That means that you no longer have the right to drive, and if you do, you can be arrested for driving without privileges.
Even if you are just accused of simple possession of drugs, you can still have your driver’s license revoked. Depending on the county, the court may decide that you have to complete a drug treatment program if you want to avoid losing your license. The court does have some discretion and may allow you to drive for work if you are not serving a jail sentence. However, with Uber and other ridesharing apps, these work permits are becoming less common.
So, what do you do if you have been accused of a drug offense and you cannot afford to lose your license?
That’s exactly when you need to contact a criminal defense attorney in Miami. If you can avoid a conviction, then you will be able to avoid losing your license. A Miami criminal defense attorney can represent you and make sure that the conviction doesn’t happen in the first place, or if it does, try to convince the court not take your license away. Of course, there is no guarantee that this will happen, but your chances of keeping your license are a lot higher with an attorney.
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