Under Florida law people can have their Florida drivers license suspended if they are found guilty of certain offenses or failure to act even when the behavior does not involve driving or the presence of a motor vehicle. The legislature uses drivers license suspensions as a way to penalize people for their behavior.
The length of time your license is suspended depends on the type of offense. Suspension periods for some common offenses include:
- Failure to comply with a traffic summons, appear on a summons, or pay a fine: License suspended until you prove you satisfied the summons.
- Inadequate vision: License is suspended until you can prove your vision meets minimum standards.
- Inability to operate a motor vehicle safely: 1 year.
- Violation resulting in death or serious injury (not DUI): 3 months to 1 year.
- Failing to pay required child support: Suspended until you clear owed payments to the Florida Department of Revenue.
- DMV point accumulation:
- 12 points in 12 months: 30 days.
- 18 points in 18 months: 3 months.
- 24 points in 36 months: 12 months.
DO NOT drive while your driver’s license is suspended, as additional fees and penalties may apply.
Suspensions can be mandatory and found within the prohibitive criminal statute or it can be a collateral consequence of the crime found in a separate statute. If it is mandatory the court should advise you of this before you enter a plea or go to trial for a criminal offense. If it is collateral most courts will explain the consequences to you before you enter a plea or go to trial.
For more information please contact our office now to set up an appointment with attorney Daniel Lenghea to determine the best cause of action.