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Driving with a Suspended License

West Palm Beach Driving while License Is Suspended (DWLS) Lawyers

Driving with a suspended license can carry penalties ranging from civil fines through felony prison sentences. The facts of your particular case, coupled with your driving history are key elements in determining what your potential criminal exposure could be.

If you were arrested for driving while your license was suspended, contact us 24/7 to speak directly with a West Palm Beach attorney can offer you a FREE CONSULTATION.

What can I face if charged with Driving on a Suspended License?

As previously stated, the specific facts of your case and your prior driving history will determine what penalties you will be facing. Florida Statute §322.34 is outlined below:

  • Civil penalty “unknowingly” 322.34(1);
    • Any person whose driver license or driving privilege has been canceled, suspended, or revoked, who drives a vehicle upon the highways of this state while such license or privilege is canceled, suspended, or revoked is guilty of a moving violation, punishable by a fine.
  • Criminal penalties; 322.34(2)
    • Any person who drives any motor vehicle upon the highways of this state knowing that their driving privilege has been canceled, suspended, or revoked as provided by law commits the following:
      • A first conviction is a misdemeanor of the second degree, punishable by up to 60 days in jail and a fine up to $500.00.
      • A second conviction is a misdemeanor of the first degree, punishable by up to 1 year in jail and a fine up to $1,000.00.
      • A third or subsequent conviction a felony of the third degree, punishable by up to 5 years in prison and a fine up to $5,000.00.
  • It is also important to note that three or more convictions for driving a motor vehicle while your license is suspended or revoked will classify you as a “Habitual Traffic Offender” (HTO) which carries the penalties of a third degree felony and subjects you to a five year license revocation.
  • The “knowledge” requirement which criminalizes the offense can be satisfied if you have been previously cited with driving while your license is suspended unknowingly under 322.34(1).
  • Driving while a commercial license is suspended
    • Any person whose driver license or driving privilege has been canceled, suspended, revoked, or disqualified and who drives a commercial motor vehicle on the highways of this state while such license or privilege is canceled, suspended, revoked, or disqualified, upon:
      • A first conviction is guilty of a misdemeanor of the first degree, punishable by up to 1 year in jail and a fine up to $1,000.00.
      • A second or subsequent conviction is guilty of a felony of the third degree, punishable by up to 5 years in prison and a fine up to $5,000.00.

If you have been arrested or are facing charges for driving while your license is suspended contact us today for your FREE CONSULTATION, it may mean the difference between you being considered a convicted criminal or not.
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