How Do I Get My License Back? 

 May 7, 2013

By  LMW Attorneys

Suspended or revoked means you’ve lost your driver’s license. Getting it back is literally a question of time. Both charges are serious, but a suspended license is the lesser of two evils.

A suspended license is a temporary punishment. Let’s say you received too many speeding tickets, and your driving privileges are suspended for six months. Under Florida traffic laws, you can get your license back at the end of that period provided you have received no other driving infractions, and you have taken an Advanced Driver Improvement course.

A revoked license is usually more serious and involves a longer punishment period. In this case, your license is cancelled, and your driving privileges are gone. A revoked license may be the outcome for many violations including:

* three major driving offenses in a five-year period * three reckless driving offenses in one year * not stopping to give aid when your car is involved in an accident * drug possession

In Florida, a person charged with committing a number of driving violations within five years is marked as a habitual offender, which may mean a revoked license. It is also against Florida law to drive after a license is revoked.

The first such offense earns a second-degree misdemeanor charge. The second time warrants a first-degree misdemeanor, which jumps to a third-degree felony for the third such charge. If a habitual offender is caught driving on a revoked license, the charge is a third-degree felony.

Once it is revoked, can you get your license back in Florida?

The answer under most circumstances is yes, if you follow the rules. However, for some infractions, such as getting a fourth DUI (driving under the influence) conviction, your license is permanently gone.

Unless your revoked license is permanent, you can probably get your driving privileges restored. After payment of specified fines, in some instances jail time, and community service, you can appear before a judge for restoration of your driver’s license.

This is the time to elicit the services of an experienced traffic lawyer in Florida. The rules and regulations concerning motor vehicles in the state are many and complex. Get the help you need and get the best with LMW Attorneys.