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If your driver's license has recently been suspended or revoked, it's important to take the necessary steps to prevent this from turning into a criminal charge. In Florida, if you drive while your license is suspended or revoked, you may face a criminal charge of Driving While License Suspended or Revoked (DWLSR).

Penalties for Driving with a Suspended or Revoked License

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Florida statute includes penalties for Driving While License Suspended Without Knowledge and Driving While License Suspended With Knowledge.

The type and severity of penalties for driving with a suspended license depend in part on whether the court determines that either you knew your driver's license was suspended ( with knowledge) or you were not aware that your license was revoked ( without knowledge):

Driving with a suspended license without knowledge of the suspension:

You may be found guilty of a moving violation, which is not a criminal charge; however, a moving violation can negatively impact your driving record in unforeseen ways. To avoid unnecessary negative outcomes with a long-term impact on your driving record, you should contact a Tampa DUI attorney skilled in handling these cases.

Driving with a suspended license with knowledge of the suspension:

There are certain instances in which the court will determine that you knew your driver's license was suspended, including the following:

  • You admitted you knew your license was suspended
  • You failed to take care of an unrelated traffic offense
  • You failed to obey a court order or pay a financial obligation

Depending on your unique situation, the penalties can range from first or second degree misdemeanors punishable by jail time, to a felony charge with up to five years in prison. It's important to discuss your situation with a criminal defense attorney skilled in minimizing the negative impact of these types of charges. From helping clients with DMV hearings all the way to DUI appeals, we can help local and out of state DUI clients protect their freedoms.

Contact DUI Attorney Jackson Hilliard for your free, confidential consultation today!

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