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DRIVING WHILE LICENSE SUSPENDED, REVOKED, CANCELED, OR DISQUALIFIED (DWLS)

DWLS – Overview
DWLS – Penalties
DWLS – Laws
DWLS – Reasons for Suspension, Revocation or Cancellation
DWLS – Reinstatement
DWLS – Definitions
DWLS - Habitual Traffic Offender (HTO)
Other Driver's License Offenses  

Overview

Driving while your license is suspended, revoked, canceled or disqualified is a very common crime in Florida.  Visitors and residents alike are often surprised to hear that it is criminal offense.  Florida, unlike many states, has made driving with your license suspended a crime subject to punishment such as probation, jail or prison. Under certain circumstances the charge can be elevated to a third degree felony or you could even lose your license for five years as a Habitual Traffic Offender.  That is why it is important to consult with an experienced Orlando suspended license attorney at Corzo & Kohrs if you are charged with a suspended license crime.
              
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The offense of driving with your license suspended or revoked can be classified into the following four main categories:

  1. Driving with license suspended (without knowledge) is a civil moving violation;
  2. Driving with license suspended (with knowledge) FIRST offense is a criminal 2nd degree misdemeanor;
  3. Driving with license suspended (with knowledge) SECOND offense is a criminal 1st degree misdemeanor;
  4. Driving with license suspended (with knowledge) THIRD OR SUBSEQUENT offense for the most part is now a criminal first degree misdemeanor and under some circumstances a 3rd degree felony.

The classification depends on several factors including knowledge of the suspension, the reason for the suspension, and whether the individual has had any prior suspended license convictions.

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A Solid Defense

Though common, a suspended license violation in Florida can carry some pretty severe penalties. If you have been charged with this crime your rights need to be protected. At Corzo & Kohrs, each Orlando suspended license lawyer has handled hundreds of Florida license violation cases.  When we accept such a case, we focus on beating the charge, not simply negotiating “the best deal possible.” A DWLS suspended license case can be burdensome and the penalties are wide ranging and can include jail or prison time, probation, additional license revocations, driving school, community service hours, fines and court costs. Similar to a DUI, your Orlando suspended license attorney at Corzo & Kohrs will first examine the State’s case to determine the lawfulness of your stop and arrest, the existence of all evidence that may be favorable to your case and evaluate your case for possible defenses that may result in the charges being dismissed or the penalty reduced.

The material on this page is not intended to be legal advice. Florida law is continually changing therefore some of the provisions contained here may be out of date. It is always best to consult a Florida criminal defense lawyer about your legal rights and responsibilities regarding your particular case.

Consult With An Experienced Orlando Suspended License Lawyer

The facts of every license violation case are different and because of the various complexities involved in handling these types of cases, it is vitally important that you obtain representation from an Orlando suspended license lawyer experienced in defending, not prosecuting these types of crimes.
 
If you have been arrested or charged with driving with your license suspended or revoked, driving without a valid license, or driving with an expired license call an Orlando suspended license attorney at Corzo & Kohrs. Call toll free 877-99CK-LAW for a free consultation and explanation of your rights.


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