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Habitual Traffic Offender – Orlando Criminal Attorney
If you have been classified as a habitual traffic offender and have been arrested for the offense of driving on a suspended license, you face significant criminal penalties. Speak with an experienced Orlando criminal attorney at your earliest opportunity to learn about your rights and the defenses that may be available to you.
Habitual Traffic Offender:
A habitual traffic offender is any person whose record, as maintained by the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, shows that such person has accumulated three or more convictions arising out of separate acts for offenses described below within a 5-year period:
1) Voluntary or involuntary manslaughter resulting from the operation of a motor vehicle
2) Any violation of Florida Statutes 316.193
3) Any felony in the commission of which a motor vehicle is used
4) Driving a motor vehicle while his or her license is suspended or revoked
5) Failing to stop and render aid as required under the laws of this state in the event of a motor vehicle crash resulting in the death or personal injury of another
6) Driving a commercial motor vehicle while his or her privilege is disqualified
or has accumulated fifteen convictions within a 5-year period for moving traffic offenses for which points may be assessed as set forth in Florida Statute 322.27.
In addition, any violation of any federal law, any law of another state or country, or any valid ordinance of a municipality or county of another state similar to a statutory prohibition specified in above shall be counted.
Driver License Suspension:
Any person designated a habitual offender shall have their license suspended for 5 years and shall not be eligible to be relicensed for a minimum of 5 years from the date of revocation, except as provided for in Florida Statute 322.271. Any person whose license is revoked may, by petition to the department, show cause why his or her license should not be revoked.
Habitual Traffic Offender – Criminal Penalties:
A person whose driver license has been revoked as a habitual traffic offender and who drives any motor vehicle upon the highways of this state while such license is revoked may be charged with a felony of the third degree punishable by up to 5 years in State prison.
Experienced Orlando Criminal Attorney – Habitual Traffic Offender:
If you or a loved one has been charged as a habitual traffic offender, speak with an experienced attorney at your earliest convenience. In many criminal cases, a properly prepared defense by a criminal lawyer will result in either reduced penalties, reduced charges, or a dismissal of the charges. Even in criminal cases where the evidence of guilt is overwhelming, a properly prepared defense and presentation of mitigating circumstances by an Orlando criminal attorney can result in significant decreases in the penalties you receive.
Florida Statutes – Habitual Traffic Offender:
Speak with an Orlando criminal attorney or review the following Florida Statutes for more information on habitual traffic offender offenses:
Florida Statute 322.264 – “Habitual Traffic Offender” defined.
Florida Statute 322.27 – Authority of department to suspend or revoke license. (Points assigned for specific traffic crimes and infractions)
Florida Statute 322.271 – Authority to modify revocation, cancellation, or suspension order.
Florida Statute 322.34 – Driving while license suspended, revoked, canceled, or disqualified.
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