DWLSR With Knowledge
The Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) can revoke or suspend a driver license or driving privilege for several driving-related and non-driving-related reasons. If you drive on a revoked or suspended driver’s license, then you can be arrested for the crime of Driving While License Suspended or Revoked (DWLSR).
The crime is charged as a second degree misdemeanor for a first offense or a first degree misdemeanor for a second conviction.
What is the different between a revocation and a suspension? Revocation means a termination of the privilege to drive as explained in Section 322.01(36), F.S. On the other hand, a suspension means the temporary withdrawal of the privilege to drive as explained in Section 322.01(40), F.S. .
Knowingly driving on a suspended or revoked driver’s license is a criminal offense that comes with criminal penalties. Having a criminal record might come with collateral consequences that last a lifetime.
For example, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) can suspend your driver’s license for five years as a habitual traffic offender if you are convicted of three (30 serious driving offenses including driving on a suspended driver’s license (either with or without knowledge).
Attorneys for DWLSR with Knowledge in Tampa, FL
After an arrest for driving on a suspended or revoked license with knowledge, seek out the services of an experienced criminal defense attorney in Tampa, FL. Before you go to court, you should understand the consequences of entering a guilty or “no contest” to this criminal charge.
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.
A conviction for DWLS might also lead to an increase in your car insurance premiums.
Driving Related Offenses that Trigger a Driver’s License Suspension or Revocation
If you are convicted of any of the following types of driving-related offenses, then your driver’s license can be suspended or revoked:
- fleeing or attempting to elude a law enforcement officer;
- driving under the influence (DUI); or
- refusal to submit to a lawful breath, blood, or urine test in a DUI investigation.
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.
This article was last updated on Monday, December 21, 2020.