DWLS With Knowledge
If you have been arrested for driving on a suspended or revoked license with knowledge in Florida, you should understand all of the possible consequences that can occur if you enter a plea or guilty or “no contest” to this criminal charge.
First, knowingly driving on a suspended or revoked driver’s license is a criminal offense that will go on your criminal record.
Second, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles can suspend your driver’s license for five years as a habitual traffic offender if you enter a plea to three serious driving offenses including driving on a suspended driver’s license (either with or without knowledge).
The attorneys at the Sammis Law Firm represent clients on driving while license suspended with knowledge throughout Hillsborough County, FL, including at the courthouse in Tampa and Plant City as well as the surrounding counties including Hernando County, Pasco County, Pinellas County, Manatee County, and Polk County.
We welcome your calls to discuss the case. Call 813-250-0500.
Criminal Consequences for DWLS
Any offense for driving while license suspended with knowledge in Florida is a criminal offense punishable with criminal penalties. The maximum sentence and penalties for a DWLSR charge depend on the way the crime is charged.
A first offense of driving while license revoked or suspended with knowledge in Florida is a second-degree misdemeanor punishable by up to sixty (60) days in the county jail or six months of probation. The maximum fine for a misdemeanor in the second degree is $500.
A second or subsequent charge for driving while license suspended or revoked with knowledge in Florida is a first-degree misdemeanor punishable by twelve (12) months in the county jail and a one thousand ($1,000) dollar fine.
A third or subsequent charge of driving with a suspended or revoked driver’s license can be charged as a first-degree misdemeanor, or under certain circumstances as a third-degree felony, which is punishable by five years in Florida State Prison and a $5,000 fine.
The Administrative Consequences of DWLS
If you enter a plea to three or more serious driving offenses within a five year period, then your driver’s license will be suspended as a Habitual Traffic Offender. Driving while your license is suspended as a Habitual Traffic Offender is a third-degree felony punishable by five years in Florida State Prison.
If you have been arrested for driving while license suspended or revoked in the Tampa Bay area, including Tampa or Plant City in Hillsborough County, FL, then contact an attorney at the Sammis Law Firm for more information about fighting this serious criminal charge.