Clearwater Traffic Offense Attorney
Clearwater Traffic Violations
“While it is true that driving is considered only as a privilege under Florida Law, in actuality the ability to drive is a necessity in today’s society and should be defended accordingly.”
At Roman & Roman, our Clearwater traffic offenses attorney defends many different types of traffic offenses including speeding, violation of traffic control devices, moving violations, racing, driving on a suspended/cancelled/revoked license, habitual traffic offender designation, DUI and other offenses.
Most people do not realize when you pay a ticket you are automatically admitting your guilt and allowing the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to assess points on your driving record. If this happens frequently enough, the points will add up resulting in your license being suspended. Sometimes, when the DMV suspends your license, they do not always notify you so you may inadvertently drive without knowing that your license is suspended (DWLS). Traffic infractions can pile up resulting not only in higher insurance premiums and suspended licenses, but eventually felony charges such as Habitual Traffic Offender (HTO).
Driving While License Suspended as Habitual Traffic Offender (DWLS-HTO):
This charge is a third degree felony that carries a maximum penalty of 5 years in Florida State Prison. The DMV can designate someone as an HTO in several different ways according to Florida Statute 322.264.
When you are designated an HTO, your driving privileges are suspended for a period of 5 years and after one year you may apply for a hardship permit at the Bureau of Administrative Reviews. You will be notified by the DMV through the mail of the HTO designation. Once you receive the notice, it is very important that you contact a Clearwater traffic violations attorney familiar with DWLS/HTO defense since you will be risking a felony if you continue to drive. The Clearwater traffic violations attorneys can get the HTO designation removed from your record and get you your license reinstated under certain circumstances.
Driving on a Suspended, Canceled or Revoked License (DWLS):
Driving privileges can be suspended for a number reasons. Some of these are: failure to pay child support, failure to pay a citation, missing a court date, DUI, and accumulation of points in a certain period of time. There are two types of DWLS citations, civil and criminal, the latter of which could result in jail time. There are differences to each charge but, they both can be used by the DMV to designate you as a habitual traffic offender (HTO) if not handled properly.
Seek Experienced Legal Counsel with the Clearwater Traffic Violations Attorneys
It can often be a complex process to obtain a valid driver’s license after a suspension or to keep your record clean after a traffic infraction without damaging your driving history. At Roman & Roman, our traffic violations attorneys will assist you in this process and, in most cases, you will not even have to appear in court.
Contact Roman & Roman today at (727) 736-2515 for a free consultation. Our qualified Clearwater traffic violations attorneys have years of expertise within criminal defense and can help put your life back on track after a traffic offense. We also assist with personal injury and business and real estate law cases.