According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 20 percent of drivers will get a speeding ticket this year. When you include all of the other infractions that drivers can get ticketed for, you are left with a large population facing the consequences of a traffic offense. While a speeding ticket or minor traffic citation will not cause too many issues for the average driver, if you accrue multiple offenses, you could be classified as a habitual traffic offender and face hefty fines and serious repercussions.
What is a Habitual Traffic Offender?
As defined by the Florida Statutes, a habitual traffic offender is any person whose record, as maintained by the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, shows that the individual has accumulated either three or more convictions for the offenses described below:
- Voluntary or involuntary manslaughter that results from operating a motor vehicle
- Driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol
- A felony where a motor vehicle is used
- Operating a motor vehicle while having a suspended or revoked license
- Failing to stop and provide assistance in the event of a motor vehicle crash that results in the death or injury of another
- Driving a commercial vehicle while his or her privileged has been disqualified
It is important to note that you can also be considered a habitual traffic offender if you accrue 15 or more convictions for minor traffic violations.
What are the Consequences?
Habitual traffic offenders can face serious consequences, so it is important to have a reputable attorney on your side if you are facing charges. Foremost, a person becomes a habitual traffic offender if they are convicted of three of the crimes above within a five-year period. Once this happens, his or her license may be suspended for five years.
- Increased criminal fines
- Increased jail or prison sentences
- Loss of certain rights and privileges besides loss of license
- Negative impact on child custody if applicable
When to Hire an Attorney
If you have been convicted of multiple driving offenses, you could be considered a habitual driving offender in the state of Florida. Multiple driving offenses can lead to serious consequences, such as jail time and losing your driving privileges. Because multiple convictions can have a serious effect on your life, it is important to have the appropriate legal representation.
The legal team at LMW Attorneys is experienced in many areas of criminal defense, including traffic violations, and can aggressively defend your rights. Do not risk your future by taking your case into your own hands. Contact the attorneys of Laporte, Mulligan & Werner-Watkins today, or schedule a free consultation.