Driving with a suspended or revoked license is a crime in Florida. A suspended license is a temporary withdrawal of your license. A revoked license is a termination of your privilege to drive. A license can be suspended or revoked due to an array of criminal or civil matters such as certain driving offenses and felony convictions. Many controlled-substance offenses mandate that a license be suspended or revoked for up to two years. A license may also be suspended if you are delinquent in child support payments or fail to pay certain obligations such as restitution stemming from criminal convictions.
The factors that constitute a driving while license suspended or revoked charge can vary between states. A knowledgeable criminal defense attorney in your state can help determine the laws that govern you and can work with you to devise the best defense.
If you are successfully convicted of driving after suspension or revocation, you will face severe penalties. Suspended licenses convictions carry consequences that can affect matters related to school and employment. Penalties vary depending on whether the individual convicted has previous convictions for driving after suspension or revocation.
A first conviction will typically be classified as a second-degree misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $500 and up to 60 days in jail. A second conviction will typically be a first-degree misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $1,000 and up to one year in jail. A third conviction will typically be classified as a third-degree felony punishable by a fine of up to $5,000 or up to 5 years in prison.
After your license has been suspended or revoked, you must apply for reinstatement. Failure to apply for reinstatement can result in another charge of driving while license suspended or revoked. Certain fees will apply in order to have your license reinstated; fees will vary according to the situation leading to the suspension or revocation.
If you have been charged with driving while license suspended or revoked, contact an experienced criminal defense attorney to assist you in resolving your legal matter. A skilled criminal defense attorney can develop possible defenses to your criminal charge or offer mitigating factors that can lessen your sentence.
Contact experienced attorneys Christopher Pagan or Julian Stroleny at Pagan & Stroleny, P.L. for all of your criminal defense needs. Pagan & Stroleny P.L. is a criminal defense firm that serves all of Miami Dade and Broward County. Call Pagan & Stroleny, P.L. today at 305-615-1285 to schedule a free consultation. Our firm is committed to fighting your case and will make every effort to reach a favorable resolution to your criminal case. For more information pertaining to our firm or laws in Florida, visit our website at www.pslaw.org.