Having your driver’s license revoked in Florida can be a traumatic experience. Driving is often essential to living a normal life. From driving to and from work to transporting kids or attending class, many people can’t even keep a job unless they have a reliable form of transportation. A revoked license can make all semblance of having control over your life disappear.
License revocations are stricter than suspensions. The State may reinstate the license of any person with a suspension after he or she complies with the terms of the suspension; however, a license revocation is permanent. It often takes many more steps to regain driving privileges after a revocation than a suspension. The State can revoke your license in situations that call for more drastic consequences, such as convictions for serious traffic offenses.
Three or more convictions of a serious traffic offense in a five-year period may lead to being labeled a Habitual Traffic Offender by Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. Those who have their licenses revoked because they have been designated Habitual Traffic Offenders may be able to fight to get their driver’s license back with the help of a confident and experienced traffic lawyer.
Saving Your Driver’s License from Revocation in Florida
Everybody in the Sunshine State makes mistakes behind the wheel. For some reason, you were pulled over and caught committing violations considered more severe than speeding or rolling through a stop sign three times in the past five years. If the State revoked your license, your best chance of reversing the revocation (and your status as a habitual offender) is to retain the service of an intelligent and determined traffic lawyer.
What can a lawyer do that you can’t? For starters, attorneys who handle traffic offenses have established professional relationships with judges, prosecutors, and others who work for the court that will try your case. Having a lawyer with a favorable reputation among these professionals represent you could work in your favor, helping you to attain your desired result.
Most importantly, an attorney can appeal to the court the possibility of removing your latest traffic conviction that led to your HTO conviction. By filing a post-conviction motion to sway the court, it may be possible to remove a previous license suspension conviction. Once the court vacates and removes your conviction from your driving record, Florida HSMV must remove your five-year revocation. Thus, you will be able to return to a normal life and drive your vehicle without any restrictions.
When to Contact a West Palm Beach Traffic Attorney After your HTO?
You may challenge your license revocation within 30 days of receiving the notice from Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. Certain legal actions may also occur within 60 days of your last traffic conviction or ticket, and up to two years after your last conviction or traffic ticket.
The best time to contact an attorney is the moment you learn of your revocation. If you drive even once afterward and get caught, the consequences can be much more severe and it could become exceedingly difficult to challenge the court’s decision to strip you of your driving privileges. If your attorney can remove even one of your previous traffic convictions, it could clear your status as an HTO and get you driving again.
Don’t Let Yourself Down. Contact The Law Office of Gabriel & Gabriel
The first thing you should do after learning your license has been or is about to be revoked is to contact a West Palm Beach traffic lawyer and send in a copy of your driving record. At The Law Office of Gabriel & Gabriel, we offer free consultations to anyone accused of a traffic offense. Serious traffic offenses may include driving with a suspended license, driving under the influence, vehicular manslaughter, leaving the scene of an accident, or even driving a commercial vehicle with a suspended CDL.
We have copious experience defending all of the above offenses in court and have established a solid reputation in Palm Beach County for more than 25 years. Find out how we can help by calling 561-622-5575 or completing our online contact form.