DRIVING WITHOUT VALID DRIVERS LICENSE
If you have been charged with the criminal offense of “no valid” driver’s licenses under Florida Statute Section 322.03 then you need to contact Attorney Albert Quirantes for help.
“No Valid Driver’s License” under Section 322.03
Driving without a valid license is often charged under Florida Statute Section 322.03 especially in cases in which the driver has never obtained a Florida driver’s license. The offense is a second degree misdemeanor which is punishable with 6 months in jail and/or a five hundred dollar fine.
The next time the driver is caught driving without a license the offense is usually charged as “driving while license suspended or revoked” with knowledge (DWLSR) with is also a second degree misdemeanor. The next offense can be charged as a first degree misdemeanor.
Three charges of DWLSR with in a five year period will result in a five year revocation of your driver’s license as a habitual traffic offender. For this reason, many charges of DWLSR are negotiated down to “no valid” charges so that it does not trigger a HTO revocation.
No Valid Driver’s License Does Not Cause a Strike for HTO Purposes
Under a weird quirk in Florida law, a civil citation for driving on a suspended driver’s license without knowledge (a civil infraction) or with knowledge (a criminal charge) will both count as a strike against you for purposes of becoming a a habitual traffic offender. On the other hand, the criminal charge of No Valid Driver’s License does not count towards one of the strikes for HTO purposes.
For this reason, it is often the goal in a driving with a suspended license suspended with knowledge case to get the prosecutor to reduce the charge to “no valid driver license” so that driver does not become a Habitual Traffic Offender with a five year revocation of his driving privileges.
Stop Driving Until You Obtain a Valid Florida Driver’s License
Because the penalties increase dramatically with each subsequent charge it is important not to drive until your full driving privileges have been reinstated. Hiring an attorney can often speed up the process. Our goal is to help you resolve your case for the best possible outcome.
Although the criminal offense of “no valid” driver’s license does not count as one of the serious driving offenses that can lead to a “habitual traffic offender” designation with a five year revocation, it is nevertheless a criminal offense with criminal penalties.
Call Attorney Albert Quirantes today for a No Driver’s License Charge
If you have been charged with driving with no valid license or driving with no valid commercial license, then contact Attorney Albert Quirantes to discuss your case. Call 305-644-1800 today.
We can help you protect your criminal record, driving record and begin your defense today.