Kopelousos, Bradley & Garrison, P.A. offers an experienced team of Jacksonville, Clay County and St. Johns County criminal defense attorneys to help you if you are facing the following driver’s license suspensions:
Traffic ticket suspension
Your license can be suspended for many reasons, including too many points, lapsed auto insurance, failure to pay a fine, or not showing up for court. Your license can be suspended without you even knowing it. To find out the status of your driver’s license, you can visit the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV). This is the agency that has the ability to suspend your license. You will likely have to complete a request for personal information and pay a small fee to the County Clerk’s office. There is the possibility of a hardship license for some, which provides limited driving privileges.
Habitual Traffic Offender (HTO) suspension
Being designated a Habitual Traffic Offender (HTO) in the State of Florida is a felony and requires a five-year revocation of your driver’s license and all driving privileges. A habitual traffic offender designation comes as the result of being convicted of multiple traffic related offenses, such as 15 convictions for moving violations in which points are assessed or three convictions of any of the following offense:
- Manslaughter resulting from the operation of a motor vehicle
- Driving under the influence (DUI/DWI)
- Using a motor vehicle while committing a felony
- Driving a motor vehicle while your license is suspended or revoked (DWLS/DWLSR)
- Failing to stop and help in the event of a motor vehicle crash resulting in injury or death
DUI Administrative License suspension
When a police officer makes a DUI arrest, they confiscate the person’s license and issue them a 10-day temporary license. You have those 10 days from the day of your arrest to request a Formal Review Hearing with the Florida Department of Motor Vehicles. A DMV hearing is not mandatory and will not address whether you are guilty of a criminal act. Rather, this is the chance for your criminal defense attorney to explain the circumstances of your arrest, or any other action that has led to the revocation or suspension of your driving privileges, and prevent the suspension of your driver’s license. If your attorney is able to convince the administrative law judge that your arrest and/or charges were unlawful, invalid, or contestable, your license could be returned to you until the final outcome of your DUI case.
The attorneys of Kopelousos, Bradley & Garrision, P.A. have in-depth knowledge of laws that dictate driver’s license suspensions. We will help you understand and successfully navigate them with the goal of protecting your driving privileges and getting your license reinstated in the least amount of time possible. Call us at 904.269.1111 for your free consultation today.