Why Are Florida Driver Licenses Suspended?

By Jonathan Blecher on April 16, 2019

A lot of people take their driver’s license for granted. When they first get it somewhere around their 16th birthday, they assume they’ll have it for life, but that is not the case. A driver’s license is much like a teenager’s cellphone. It’s considered a “privilege,” not a “right” and no matter how essential it is, it can still be taken away for bad behavior behind the wheel among other things.

A Florida driver license can be suspended for a number of reasons, including but not limited to the following:

  • A driver fails to appear at a traffic summons,
  • A driver fails to pay a fine for a traffic violation,
  • A driver is ordered by the court to complete Driver Improvement School, and the driver fails to complete it,
  • The Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles determines that the driver is not medically eligible to drive,
  • The driver is convicted of driving under the influence (DUI),
  • The driver has accumulated too many points on their driving record,
  • The driver has a non-DUI-related violation that resulted in serious bodily injury or death to another person,
  • The driver obtained their driver license through fraudulent means, and
  • The driver was delinquent on child support.

Driver License Revocations

In Florida, people’s driver licenses can be revoked for inadequate vision, or for being classified as a “Habitual Traffic Offender (HTO).” If someone is labeled an HTO, their Florida driver’s license will be revoked for five years. But, one year from the date the revocation went into effect, the driver can apply for a hardship license.

If your license has been suspended because of unpaid traffic tickets, or because of a traffic ticket in another state, or because you drove on a suspended license, or for any other reason, I can help. I understand how having a suspended license can seem overwhelming and I’d be happy to help you resolve the issue once and for all.

For legal assistance with a traffic offense or license suspension matter in Miami, contact my firm for a free case evaluation.

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