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Criminal Charges and Their Impact on Your Driving Privileges

Surprisingly, not many people know driving is a privilege, not a right. If you do something against the law, the state of Florida can take away your license as a result. A person’s driving privilege can be suspended, canceled, or revoked for many reasons, including failing to pay a ticket, failing to pay child support, or failing to attend traffic school. Likewise, more than just a DUI can get your license suspended.

The Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) is the agency that monitors a person’s right to drive, among other things. If the DHSMV is contacted by the criminal justice system, the agency could suspend or entirely revoke your driving privileges.

Certain crimes automatically lead to a suspended driver’s license if a defendant is found guilty by way of a trial or they accepted a plea agreement. Some crimes that could lead to an automatic suspension include the following:

  • License suspension
  • Racing on a public street / highway
  • Fleeing and alluding

Likewise, your license can be suspended for a crime that has nothing to do with driving. For example, if a person is found guilty of possession of drugs and is charged under Chapter 893 of the Florida criminal statutes, their driving privileges must be suspended for at least two years. Even a misdemeanor charge of possession of marijuana could result in a two-year suspension.

Likewise, a habitual traffic offender is a title given to someone who has been sentenced for repeatedly violating traffic laws. For example, a person who commits three traffic offenses within a five-year period could have their license suspended or revoked for a period of five years or more.

If you are accused of a crime, and you’re worried your driver’s license may be revoked, don’t hesitate to give us a call. Our skilled Orlando criminal defense attorney has more than 15 years of legal experience to offer your case. As a former prosecutor, Attorney Wiseman understands how the opposition is likely to think, which gives him a unique perspective on the situation. Let us see what we can do to mount a defense on your behalf.

Contact us at (407) 708-9127 or fill out our online form to schedule a free case consultation today.

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