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  DMV Suspensions
Your license can be suspended or revoked for a variety of reasons. In fact, your driver’s license can be suspended without your knowing it. It is important to know your rights as a driver before it is too late.

Florida’s Points System
A conviction for a major offense, such as DUI or reckless driving, can result in automatic license suspension. However, your license can also be suspended under Florida's points system. Any combination of serious moving violations or minor infractions can put you over the threshold:
  • 12 Points within 12 Months: 30-Day Suspension
  • 18 Points within 18 Months: Six-Month Suspension
  • 24 Points within 36 Months: One-Year Suspension

Common Reasons for Suspension
Although the situations may vary, there are several common reasons for suspension or revocation. Here are just a few convictions that are grounds for suspending or revoking a person’s driving license.

Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol or Drugs
If you have been convicted for driving under the influence, most courts will order your driving privileges restricted, suspended, or revoked. At this point, the Department of the Motor Vehicles must alert law enforcement of the change in driving status. Next, the driver will then be provided with information on how to remove the restrictions to his or her driving privileges. However, if you have more than one drunk driving conviction, your privileges may be suspended for a longer period of time.

Exceeding Permissible Number of Moving Violation Points
The Department of Motor Vehicles has the right to automatically suspend or revoke your license if you surpass the number of permitted moving violations within a designated period of time. When this occurs, your suspension can result in costly fees and penalties, as well as increased car insurance rates.

Unlawful Weapon Possession While Driving
Another common reason to have your license suspended or revoked is for driving with a concealed weapon in the vehicle. Most jurisdictions have laid out exceptions for legally registered weapons locked and stored in a vehicle’s trunk. However, many drivers continue to violate state gun and driving laws by having their weapons loaded and unlawfully concealed. The result of the unlawful possession can be a significant fine, jail time, and up to a three-year license suspension.

Driving While License Suspended (DWLS)
In Florida, the Driving While License Suspended charge is a criminal traffic offense. However, if it is your third offense, it is now considered a felony in the state of Florida. As a felony, you may face up to five years in prison and a revocation of your driver's license for up to five years. As a first offense, you could face either a civil or a criminal misdemeanor. The civil charge results when you unwittingly drove with a suspended license. Keep in mind that the offense will still be considered as your first strike. If you intentionally drove while your license was suspended and are found guilty, you may face up to 60 days in jail and a $500 fine. Moreover, your second offense could carry up to a year in jail and a $500 fine.

If you are faced with a suspended driver’s license, you will need dedicated legal representation to help get back on the road and on with your life.

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