Over 23,000 drivers had had their Florida driver’s licenses revoked in 2006 due to their status as habitual traffic offenders. This number climbs each year. Habitual traffic offenders receive this status from being found guilty of three serious traffic offenses (such as driving with a suspended driver’s license or DUI), within a 5-year period or when 45 points have accumulated on their driving records within 5 years. HTO is used to revoke a driver’s license for 5 years.
Specified offenses include three or more convictions of the following from separate acts:
• Voluntary or involuntary manslaughter resulting from operating a motor vehicle
• Any felony conviction in which a vehicle was used
• Driving a motor vehicle with a suspended license or while the license is revoked
• Failure to render aid upon a motor vehicle crash resulting in personal injury or death
• Having 15 convictions for moving traffic violations (45 points within 60 months)
• Driving a commercial vehicle with disqualified driving privileges
• Driving while designated a HTO
If you get a letter from the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) stating your license has been or will be suspended or revoked for 5 years as a habitual traffic offender in Palm Beach County, you need a habitual traffic offender attorney like Brian Gabriel on your case. The Law Office of Gabriel & Gabriel works to vacate prior driving while license suspended or revoked (DWLSR) convictions to be rid of the 5 year revocation and reinstate your driver’s license.
Before we can begin reviewing your case, you must obtain a copy of your driving record. Act quickly to preserve your rights to contest the five year revocation. Your knowledgeable Palm Beach HTO attorney needs to file a motion to remove specified offenses within a set time frame. If one of those offenses is driving with a suspended license, which is the most common offense, then in some circumstances, we only have 30 days after the conviction occurred to file the motion.
The consequences of HTO status are severe. Your license is revoked for a 5 year period. If a hearing is not requested to establish an error with the designation, you will not be eligible for a regular driver’s license. Only after 12 months from the date of revocation can you petition the DMV to reinstate driving privileges in the form of a Hardship or “Business Purpose Only” license. This is available to you in the state of Florida to help you get to and from your place of employment. It typically requires proof of enrollment in a 12 hour traffic school course.
Do not let HTO status take away your driving privileges without exhausting all of your options. Pick up the phone right now and call 561-622-5575 for a free legal consultation with Attorney Brian Gabriel. Practicing law for over 25 years he is the habitual traffic offender lawyer for your case.
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Attorney Brian Gabriel of Gabriel & Gabriel focuses in criminal defense. We handle all criminal defense matters including DUI, narcotics offenses, violent offenses, sexual offenses, domestic violence offenses, juvenile offenses, serious traffic offenses, as well as appeals, drivers license suspension and violation of parole/probation issues.
Serving all counties in the State of Florida including Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie and Broward Counties.
Law Office of Gabriel & Gabriel, LLC
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Jupiter, FL 33458
Phone: (561) 622-5575
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