Criminal Traffic Offenses/Suspended Licenses
Traffic offenses are strictly enforced in the state of Florida. For certain types of traffic crimes, you will not only be required to pay a fine, you may also lose your driver’s license. The loss of a license can be devastating since most people depend upon the ability to drive to go to work, run errands and fulfill their familial and social obligations.
If you are facing the suspension of your driver’s license, it is very important to seek legal help from a Tampa criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible. Stechschulte Nell can help you to restore your license, fight the suspension or obtain a hardship license so you can drive your car in needed situations.
Florida Laws on Criminal Traffic Offenses
A number of behaviors can trigger a license suspension in Florida. For example, you can be declared a habitual offender if you are convicted three times within a five year period of any of the following traffic crimes:
- Voluntary or involuntary manslaughter while operating a vehicle
- DUI crimes
- Felonies using motor vehicles
- Driving with a suspended or revoked license
- Leaving someone at the scene of a hit and run accident who is injured or dies as a result of the accident.
You can also be considered a habitual offender if you have 15 or more convictions for moving violations that result in points on your license.
If you are considered a habitual offender, the state can revoke your driver’s license for five years. While you can request a hardship license to drive to work after a year, this five-year suspension presents major obstacles for many people.
How a Tampa DUI Defense Attorney Can Help
A Tampa DUI defense attorney at Stechschulte Nell can help defend you if you have been charged with a traffic violation. We can also assist habitual offenders in a variety of ways such as:
- Petitioning for a hardship license so you can use your car to get to work.
- Having points removed from your license so you can avoid a habitual offender designation.
- Withdrawing and changing old moving violations to remove points from your license so you will no longer be classified as a habitual offender.
- Arguing that you did now know your license was suspended. If you were designated as a habitual offender because of driving while on a suspended license, you can argue that you did not receive proper notice of the license suspension. Improper notice can reduce your charges from Driving on a Suspended License with Knowledge to Driving with No Valid Driver’s License, a less serious traffic crime.
- Arguing that you were unaware that you hit someone or something, or that there is no proof that you were involved in a hit and run. This argument can help you to avoid conviction in certain criminal cases where you are charged with leaving an accident scene.
Your defense will depend upon what traffic crimes you have been accused of and the circumstances surrounding your case. Contact a Tampa criminal defense attorney at Stechschulte Nell today for assistance in restoring your driver’s license and building your defense in a traffic crimes case.