2 potential defenses for driving on a suspended license

On Behalf of | Sep 8, 2022 | Suspended License Issues

Driving in Florida is a privilege just as it is throughout the U.S. Meaning, you must meet certain conditions before you can be licensed to drive. For instance, you may not obtain a driver’s license until you turn at least 16. 

Florida can revoke or suspend their driver’s license for a variety of reasons – and you can find yourself in a real fix. If you are charged with driving on a suspended license, it helps to know how you can defend yourself. Here are two options:

You were not aware of your license’s suspension

As already indicated, your driver’s license can be suspended for a variety of reasons. These can include a DUI conviction or if you have many points on your record. 

In both cases, the judge or the DMV must inform you of your license’s suspension. If this does not happen, meaning that you were not notified because of some failure on the state’s part, that may be a viable defense. 

Your license was wrongfully suspended

Mistakes happen all the time. You may have paid your outstanding traffic ticket via mail. And while processing the payment, the DMV may have accidentally suspended your license. 

In this case, the mistake is certainly not yours. To have your case dismissed, your legal counsel will need to show that your license suspension was a mistake on the part of the DMV. 

Driving on a suspended license is a traffic offense with serious consequences. If you are charged with driving on a suspended license, it is in your best interest that you explore your defense options as soon as possible.