Effective July 2008, Florida Statutes 322.24 went into effect concerning whether certain offenses for driving while license is cancelled, suspended or revoked are misdemeanors or felonies.
If a driver whose license or driving privilege is cancelled, suspended or revoked and has knowledge of his or her cancellation, they understand they are committing a criminal traffic offense. The following charges are possible: (1) First conviction is a second degree misdemeanor; (2) Second conviction is a first degree misdemeanor; (3) Third, or subsequent conviction, is a third degree felony and possible jail time may have to be served.
If a driver whose license or driving privilege is cancelled, suspended or revoked and has no knowledge of his or her cancellation, they understand they are committing a non-criminal traffic infraction, unless he or she is a Habitual Traffic Offender (HTO).
*If a driver whose license or driving privileges is revoked as a Habitual Traffic Offender , they are guilty of a third degree felony.
The penalty of driving with your license suspended, whether you have knowledge or not, holds serious consequence(s).
Hiring a Criminal Defense attorney may be beneficial for you. An attorney helps you check your record and assists you in sorting out your license issue(s) to get you back on the road as soon as possible. Contact Blick Law Firm today if you find you have been charged due to driving with a cancelled, suspended or revoked license in Florida.