Were You Pulled Over And Found To Be Driving On A Suspended License?

At Cruz & Bano, P.A., in Orlando, we understand how important it is for you to drive. We know how easy it is for the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles to suspend your license. We also know how serious the penalties are when you are arrested for driving on a suspended license or "driving while license suspended with knowledge (DWLS)."

For all these reasons, our attorneys will fight to resolve the situation for you. Call us at 407-459-1293 or email us for a free initial consultation. Hablamos español.

FAQs About DWLS: Learn More About The Charge And Your Options

Below are the most commonly asked questions in relation to your criminal charge.

  • Is DWLS a traffic violation or a crime? DWLS with knowledge is a criminal charge for a violation of traffic laws requiring all drivers to have a valid license. The two necessary elements for proving the criminal offense are: 1. The driver admitted to knowledge of the cancellation, suspension or revocation. 2. The driver received a notice of the cancellation, suspension or revocation.
  • Why am I being charged criminally? The officer who arrested you must make a judgment call as to whether you knew or should have known based on the facts at the time of the stop. If you are reading this, then the officer has decided that the elements for this crime are satisfied.
  • What are the penalties? A first offense is punishable by a fine of up to $500 and up to 60 days in jail. A second offense is punishable by a fine of up to $1,000 and one year in jail. Third and subsequent offenses can be considered a third-degree felony punishable by a $5,000 fine and up to five years in prison.
  • Why is my license suspended? You can check the Florida Driver's License Check to learn why your driving privileges were suspended. Common reasons include unpaid traffic tickets or court fines, too many points, DUI or drug convictions, breath test refusal, racing, failure to maintain insurance or appear in court, designation as a habitual traffic offender (HTO) or unpaid child support.
  • What is the best-case scenario on an outcome? The best-case scenario in any criminal case is an outright dismissal. The second best is that the charge is reduced from a criminal charge to a civil infraction such as failure to display a driver's license or driving while license suspended without knowledge. A plea of guilty to either of those will often result in a fine and usually no points on your license.
  • Will license reinstatement help? Getting your license reinstated as quickly as possible always give us the best shot of getting the state to drop the charges. We can identify the reasons for your license suspension issues and assist in getting them resolved.
  • What are the defenses to DWLS? They include: improper or invalid stop, improper notice of suspension, the person accused was not the person driving, the vehicle is not considered a motor vehicle under the law, you were not driving on a public highway (but in a private community instead, for example) and reason to believe that your license had already been reinstated at the time of the arrest.
  • What if I do not have any defenses and can't get my license? Our focus changes at that point from litigation to mitigation, especially when it comes to avoiding jail time. This involves plea bargaining to reduce the consequences to a minimum. Possible plea bargains include persuading the state to reduce the charge to no valid driver's license (NVDL) so as to prevent the possibility being designated a habitual traffic offender (HTO), taking a higher fine or a traffic course so as to avoid jail time and/or probation.

You Need A Strong Legal Defense For Any DWLS. We Have You Covered.

If you have been accused of driving on a suspended, canceled or revoked license, we understand the importance of a strong legal defense. Our lawyers have provided successful representation in numerous DWLS cases. Contact our firm today at 407-459-1293 or email us to discuss your case, so that you may arm yourself with information on your legal rights and options. Hablamos español.