Millions of people have their driver’s license suspended every year in Florida. In 2018, the number of people that had their license suspended was two million. Most people do not even realize their driver’s license has been suspended until it is too late and they are now facing criminal traffic charges for driving during a suspension. Fortunately, there are defenses available for these charges, but it is important to work with an Orlando criminal defense lawyer. A lawyer will understand which defense is most appropriate for your case, and give you the best chance of a positive outcome.
Understanding DWLS Charges
Driving while license suspended, revoked, canceled, or disqualified (DWLS) is one of the most common criminal offenses in Florida. It is not uncommon for people to think that DWLS charges are a result of poor driving. However, your license may also be suspended if you refuse to pay fines, court fees, or even fall behind on your child support payments. A person can face DWLS charges if their driver’s license is suspended, but they continue driving with it anyway.
Many people think a driver’s license suspension is the same thing as a revocation, but it is not. If your driver’s license is suspended, you will lose it for a specific period of time. However, if your driver’s license is revoked, there is a chance that your driving privileges may never be restored.
Many people do not appreciate the seriousness of multiple DWLS convictions. For example, a person facing their third DWLS conviction faces a mandatory 10 days in jail. In addition, a person facing their third DWLS conviction within a 5-year period will be designated as a Habitual Traffic Offender and their license will be revoked for 5 years.
Defending Against DWLS Charges
It is possible to defend against DWLS charges, but the defenses available to you will largely depend on the reason for the suspension. For example, if your license was suspended because of a DUI, it may limit your options for your defense. If your license was suspended for any other reason, you may have certain defenses available. These are as follows: