License suspensions are frustrating and confusing situations, particularly when your only method of reliable transportation is your car. When your license gets suspended, it becomes nearly impossible to avoid a financial burden. The state may impose several fees for committing a traffic violation, failing to pay fines, and other actions that may have led to your license being suspended. On top of that, the state will charge a fee for reinstating your license after you’ve met certain requirements.
At The Law Office of Gabriel & Gabriel, attorney Brian P. Gabriel strives to help drivers whose licenses have been suspended regain their driving privileges and challenge their traffic charges. If you’ve received an FR suspension, there may be ways of fighting the suspension and getting your license back.
What You Should Know About FR Suspensions
So, what is an FR suspension, and how can you get your license back? “FR” is code for Failure to Pay Financial Responsibilities. The state issues these citations in situations where the driver is believed to have dodged a required payment. When you owe money or are required to pay a fine to maintain your driving privilege, and you make a late payment, you can be a candidate for an FR suspension.
When can you get an FR suspension?
Missing required payments — even if they don’t relate to a traffic violation — can lead to an FR suspension. Many situations may lead to an FR suspension in Florida, including:
- Lack of car insurance
- Failure to pay child support
- Financial liens placed on driving privilege
To cancel an FR suspension, you need to fulfill the financial obligation that led to the suspension. Then, you can receive an FR suspension reinstatement.
FR Suspension for Lack of Car Insurance
A license suspension for failing to have car insurance is immediate. You will not be notified of a suspension. Instead, the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles will send you a notice after the fact.
If you plan on canceling insurance on a particular vehicle, you must surrender your vehicle’s plates before the insurance expires. If you don’t, you may lose your license for up to 3 years or until you reinstate insurance coverage. Driving without motor vehicle insurance is a criminal offense in Florida. If you face charges, work with a criminal defense lawyer who handles traffic violations to give your case the attention it deserves.
FR Suspension for Failure to Pay Child Support
If you’re divorced with children, and you owe child support, falling behind on payments could eventually lead to a driver’s license suspension. You may have two solutions:
- Pay the balance that is past due on your child support payments or work with the Department of Revenue to create a payment plan that will satisfy your requirement.
- File a Motion to Set Arrears and Release Driver’s License Suspension.
If you need guidance regarding a child support matter as it pertains to your driving privileges, consult with your family lawyer. When you need to challenge a driver’s license suspension in West Palm Beach, you can rely on attorney Brian Gabriel.
FR Suspension for Financial Liens
A financial lien may occur for a variety of reasons. One of the most common is that you were involved in an accident and were underinsured. If you did not have sufficient coverage to pay for the damages you caused the other party, the other party might sue you. The lawsuit may lead to a lien placed on your license. You will then be required to make monthly payments until you pay off the damages or pay an agreed-upon amount of restitution.
Suspended License in West Palm Beach? Call The Law Office of Gabriel & Gabriel
Did you recently discover an FR suspension on your license? Attorney Brian Gabriel might be able to help you challenge the suspension or apply for a hardship license. Regardless of your license issue, sound legal counsel from a qualified attorney like Brian, who has practiced for 30 years, can help you get back to driving.