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Driving on a Suspended License in Florida
If you are stopped and receive a ticket for Driving While License Suspended (known as DWLS) you should immediately consult with an experienced Tampa suspended license lawyer to review your options. Whether you were driving while your license was suspended, revoked or canceled, the steps you take to address your ticket can greatly affect the legal consequences, especially if you act quickly. When you meet with our Tampa suspended license attorney at Taracks & Associates, we will use our years of knowledge and experience in Florida Traffic Law to protect and defend your rights.
There are several factors that determine how serious a DWLS ticket may affect you. If it is a first offense and you were unknowingly driving with a suspended license, it is a civil misdemeanor. If you are found guilty of knowingly driving with a suspended license, it becomes more serious and you can face up to sixty (60) days in jail and a $500 fine. If it is a second or third offense, the jail time increases and you may be charged with a felony.
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If you receive a DWLS ticket and contact us immediately, you may be able to apply for what is called a “Clerk’s Withhold” but it must be done before you appear at your arraignment or first court date, so don’t delay meeting with our lawyer. If you delay, there are many negative effects that can affect your future including:
- Inability to legally drive for months or years
- Severely increased (or cancelled) auto insurance
- Heavy fines
- Jail time
- A permanent (felony) criminal record
- Being labeled a Habitual Traffic Offender (HTO)
If you have received a DWLS ticket there are many legal options you have to protect your rights, reduce your sentence or fines and speed up the time before your right to drive is returned to you.