Habitual Traffic Offender (Misdemeanor and Felony)
Habitual traffic offender is a person who has a specified number of convictions within a five year period:
- Three or more convictions arising out separate acts: voluntary/involuntary manslaughter from operation of a vehicle;
- Any felony in the commission of which a vehicle was used;
- Failing to stop or render aid at an accident;
- Driving a commercial vehicle with a suspended license;
- Fifteen convictions for moving violations with points assessed.
Habitual Traffic Offender charge can be a first degree misdemeanor if the prior driving with a suspended license charges arose from financial obligations. Otherwise, it is typically a felony charge. Your driving record will need to be reviewed in order to determine the reasons behind the convictions for driving with a suspended license. In addition, the circumstances surrounding the charge of driving on a suspended license as a habitual traffic offender depend on whether you were actually driving a vehicle or were in actual physical control of a vehicle. If you receive a letter from Florida Department of Motor Vehicles and Highway Safety, you need to act immediately. If your license has been suspended, you need to act quickly as there are deadlines involved with DHSMV and huge fines to pay for any reinstatement. Please contact Stewart Law Firm today for your free consultation.