DRIVING WITH A SUSPENDED LICENSE
Under Florida Statute section 322.34, knowingly driving with a suspended license, is a criminal act and not just a civil traffic penalty. A DWLS is an enhanceable offense meaning the more times you are charged and convicted the more severe the penalties.
REASONS FOR A LICENSE SUSPENSION
Too many points
Child support delinquency
Failure to appear in court
Failure to pay fines
Refusal to submit to DUI testing
As mentioned previously, because DWLS is an enhanceable offense depending on the number of convictions, a charge of DWLS can range from a second-degree misdemeanor to a third-degree felony.
Additionally, three convictions within 5 years will result in being labeled a Habitual Traffic Offender (HTO) by the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV). As a HTO, your license will be suspended for 5 years and you will not be eligible for a hardship until after 1 year.