Driving While License Suspended (DWLS)
Driving in Florida, while viewed by the State as a privilege, is more of a necessity in order to make a living and move around for the basic necessities. There are many situations which can suspend your license which can lead to arrests, fines, lose of employment and the suspension of your license for 5 years if you are designated a Habitual Traffic Offender (HTO). If you get 3 or more Driving While License Suspended (DWLS) with knowledge charges you many even be charged with a felony.
I understand how important it is for you to drive. I know how easy it is for the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles to suspend your license. I also know how serious the long term penalties can be when you are arrested for driving on a suspended license with knowledge.”For all these reasons, I will fight to resolve the situation for you. Call me at 407-476-5120 or email us for a initial consultation. Hablamos español.
Your most frequently asked questions
DWLS with knowledge is a criminal charge for a violation of traffic laws requiring all drivers to have a valid license. The two necessary elements for proving the criminal offense are: 1. The driver admitted to knowledge of the cancellation, suspension or revocation. 2. The driver received a notice of the cancellation, suspension or revocation.
If the officer does not think that you were aware of the suspension (discretion for the officer to determine), then it is a civil infraction. But take care with this civil infraction because it can end up counting against you for points, insurance increases, employment issues, and a strike towards being labeled a Habitual Traffic Offender and losing your license for 5 years!
The officer who arrested you must make a judgment call as to whether you knew or should have known based on the facts at the time of the stop. If you are reading this, then the officer has decided that the elements for this crime are satisfied.
If your here then you’ve already taken the first step to educate yourself. The next step is to contact us for a consultation since everyone’s case is different. This is where you get information that is specific to your case.
Once you hire me, I do all the heavy lifting from that point forward. I can even waive your appearance, for most hearings, so you do not have to take time from your daily schedule.
I request all the evidence on your case and share it with you through our online portal. You are an essential part in formulating an effective strategy to attack your case.
Normally, these cases take anywhere from a 2-6 months depending on whether I am trying to extending the time of the case as much as necessary so you can get a valid driver license.
A first offense is punishable by a fine of up to $500 and up to 60 days in jail. A second offense is punishable by a fine of up to $1,000 and one year in jail. Third and subsequent offenses can be considered a third-degree felony punishable by a $5,000 fine and up to five years in prison per Florida Statute 322.34.
You can see all the things that are suspending and/or going to suspend your license, by going to the Florida Driver License Check to learn why your driving privileges were suspended. Common reasons include unpaid traffic tickets or court fines, too many points, DUI or drug convictions, breath test refusal, racing, failure to maintain insurance, failure to appear in court, designation as a habitual traffic offender (HTO), or unpaid child support. These are the usual reasons for a suspension.
The best-case scenario in any criminal case is an outright dismissal. The second best is that the charge is reduced from a criminal charge to a civil infraction such as failure to display a driver’s license or driving while license suspended without knowledge. If it is reduced to a civil infraction the the usual result is a fine under $150 (with court costs), no conviction, no points, no effect on your insurance.
Getting your license reinstated as quickly as possible always give us the best shot of getting the state to drop the charges. We can identify the reasons for your license suspension issues and assist in getting them resolved.
They include: improper or invalid stop, improper notice of suspension, the person accused was not the person driving, the vehicle is not considered a motor vehicle under the law, you were not driving on a public highway (but in a private community instead, for example) and reason to believe that your license had already been reinstated at the time of the arrest.
Our focus changes at that point from litigation to mitigation, especially when it comes to avoiding jail time. This involves plea bargaining to reduce the consequences to a minimum. Possible plea bargains include persuading the state to reduce the charge to no valid driver’s license (NVDL) so as to prevent the possibility being designated a habitual traffic offender (HTO), taking a higher fine or a traffic course so as to avoid jail time and/or probation.
We look forward to be by your side and advocating for you.
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Besides, consultations are free so you have nothing to lose. After speaking with me, you will have a better understanding of the consequences, risks (both short and long term), and what I can do for you. I’ve heard and defended just about every type of crime. You’ll see that I am very easy to talk with and our conversation is covered under attorney-client privilege.