The Unexpected Consequences of Driving While License is Suspended
What Causes Driver’s Licenses to Be Suspended?
It is not uncommon for a Floridian who has been charged with a DWS, or Driving While License Suspended, to have no idea that their license was suspended at the time they were pulled over by a police officer. The DMV doesn’t send license suspension notifications nor will any other official that is aware of your suspension. This can be quite problematic when you realize that a license can be suspended for a variety of reasons. Some of the reasons that a license can be suspended are being convicted of a DUI, refusing to take a breathalyzer test when being stopped for a DUI, failure to pay traffic tickets, driving without insurance or a license, 12 or more points on your driving record in the span of one year, and failure to satisfy a criminal or civil judgement such as not paying child support. If you have been pulled over by a police officer while your driver’s license is suspended, you may consider that your first notification as well as your first warning to stop driving for a period of time; however, even being pulled over once while your license is suspended can cause unforeseeable consequences.
What are the Consequences of a DWS?
Being charged with a Driving While License Suspended in Jacksonville may not seem to be that great of an offense at first glance. Aren’t there other types of cases such as assault or murder that Jacksonville courts should spend their time on? Although being charged with a DWS is not as serious as murder, there are negative implications that come along with committing DWS that result in hefty penalties. Although licenses can be revoked for other civil and criminal matters, the suspension of a driver’s license is often the result of a driver showing continuously that they are not a safe driver. Especially if convicted of a DUI, driving while your license is suspended tells the courts that you made a choice that put numerous lives at risk. According to the Section 322.34 of the Florida Statutes, the first or second time you are convicted of driving while your license is suspended can result in a prison sentence lasting at most 6 months and a fine up to $500. If you continue to drive while your license is suspended, you could end up spending years in jail while paying increased fines up to $5,000. With the aid of a DWS attorney, you can get the protection you need so you don’t have to bear the burden of the consequences of a DUI.