Driving with a Suspended License Lawyers in Fort Myers
Florida Consequences & Penalties for Driving with a Suspended License
In Florida, it is illegal for a motorist to drive a vehicle when their driver’s license has been suspended, revoked, or canceled. Those drivers who were genuinely unaware of the prohibition placed on their license can get away with an infraction that results in a minor fine. However, those who know that their driving privileges have been barred and still decide to drive can be charged with a criminal offense that is punishable by jail time and a more significant fine.
The potential penalties for knowingly driving with a suspended license include:
- First offense: A second-degree misdemeanor that carries a sentence of up to 60 days in jail and a maximum fine of $500.
- Second offense: A first-degree misdemeanor that carries a sentence of up to one year in jail and a maximum fine of $1,000.
- Third or subsequent offense: A third-degree felony that carries a sentence of up to five years in prison and a maximum fine of $5,000.
How to Get Away With Driving With a Suspended License?
As with other criminal offenses, just being charged for driving with a suspended license does not mean that you are guilty. If you are planning on just pleading guilty, we would urge you to do otherwise. In order for the prosecution team to convict you, they must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you were aware of your license suspension, revocation, or cancellation when you drove on a public highway or road.
With our experienced criminal defense attorneys on your side, you can have a compelling case to fight to get your charges reduced to a civil infraction or dismissed altogether. There is a range of available defenses that can be used to help you avoid conviction.
Depending on the circumstances of your case, our legal team may choose to argue that:
- There is evidence that you were not driving at all
- You did not know that your license was suspended
- There was something unlawful about your traffic stop
- You were not operating a vehicle on a public highway
- Your license had already been reinstated at the time you were pulled over
- You reasonably believed that your license had been reinstated
Aiken & O'Halloran Suspended License Legal Counsel
Even if you just hopped in the car to go to the grocery down the road, driving while your license is suspended is a serious criminal offense in Florida. If you were pulled over and charged with driving with a suspended license, the experienced legal team at Aiken & O’Halloran can help you fight to protect your rights and avoid the substantial consequences that come with a conviction.
Trust our criminal defense attorneys to help you formulate the right defense strategy for your specific circumstances. If you are looking at the list of defenses above and thinking that none of them applies to your situation, our criminal defense lawyers may still be able to negotiate with the prosecutor to get the charge reduced to “no valid license.” This lesser charge is a second-degree misdemeanor that often does not result in a jail sentence.