Habitual Traffic Offenders

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011 at 5:48 pm Posted in Articles, Criminal Law

In Florida, every person who has a driver’s license, or anybody who has received a moving violation citation, has a driving record. The Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) keeps tabs on everyone’s driving history, and determines who is eligible (or ineligible) for a driving license. Even if you never had a Florida driver’s license, you may have a driving history. Driver’s that accumulate three convictions for offenses within a five year period are considered HTO, Habitual Traffic Offender.

Such convictions are:

  • Voluntary or involuntary manslaughter resulting from the operation of a motor vehicle.
  • DUI or Driving Under the Influence.
  • Any felony conviction in which a vehicle was used.
  • Driving a motor vehicle while his or her license is suspended or revoked.
  • Failure to render aid in the event of a motor vehicle crash resulting in the death or personal injury of another.
  • 15 convictions for moving traffic violations for which points may be assessed.

If you are found to be a Habitual Traffic Offender, you will lose your driver’s license for five years. Furthermore, it is illegal (a felony) to drive as a Habitual Traffic Offender. If you have any doubts contact DHSMV about your record, fill out our free online case evaluation form, or call Longwell Lawyers at 407-426-5757 to see if we can assist you.

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