In Florida, Driving While License Suspended is considered a criminal traffic offense. The penalties vary depending on whether this is your first or subsequent offense. Regardless, any conviction could have serious ramifications on your driving privileges.
If you have a suspended driver’s license and you are caught driving during this period, you may be charged with Driving While License Suspended (DWLS).
I am attorney Richard Nick Kelley, and I defend people charged with all types of criminal traffic violations. For information about fighting your charges and keeping your driving privileges, contact me 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The penalties for driving without a valid license vary depending on whether the defendant has had prior offenses:
First offense — DWLS for a first-time offense may be considered a criminal offense based on the facts of the case. A conviction can yield 60 days in jail and a $500 fine.
Second offense — A conviction can result in up to one year in jail and a $500 fine.
Third offense — A third offense DWLS is considered a felony. A conviction can result in up to five years in jail and a five-year license suspension.
There may be many defense possibilities in your suspended driver’s license case. I am a criminal defense attorney with more than 30 years of experience in DUI and other traffic offenses. I am skilled at analyzing the circumstances surrounding the arrest as well as other evidence used to bring charges. If your original license suspension was enforced because you had multiple traffic offenses, it may be possible to resolve individual offenses separately and avoid losing your license.
To schedule a free initial consultation at my law offices, please call 407-847-6259. Otherwise, contact a lawyer online for more information about your options regarding a suspended driver’s license.