Most people are familiar with the term “repeat offender”. The phrase is used to describe a person that commits the same act over and over again. In the context of criminal law, if you continually engage in the same behavior, the law will provide for a more severe punishment each time you are arrested. This is true for violent crimes, as well as more minor offenses such as traffic violations. Staying off the habitual traffic offender list will help you to keep a clean driving record, and can also help you to maintain your driving privileges. So, before you simply pay a traffic ticket and move on, consider the impact having too many tickets on your record can have on things like your insurance rates and your ability to drive.

Here’s what you need to know about the Habitual Traffic Offender law in Florida. The Habitual Traffic Offender law kicks in if you fit one of the following two categories of habitual traffic offenders:

  • You have more than three traffic offenses for what are considered the more serious offenses, like driving on a suspended license or taking part in a felony while driving. You will also fall into this category if you have been charged with voluntary or involuntary manslaughter, which normally results from an accident with a fatality while driving under the influence.
  • You have received more than fifteen moving violation convictions. This includes speeding, reckless driving, DUI and other offenses involving driving.

When you receive a traffic citation, your driving record takes a hit. The more violations you rack up, the more points that get added to your driving record. When you have too many points on your record, the State may seek to revoke your driving privileges. In order to avoid losing the right to drive, call our office. Together we will develop a defense that is likely to save your license, and keep you off the Habitual Traffic Offender list. We understand how important it is to be able to get from place to place, so we fight hard to protect your driving rights.

If you have questions about the laws that apply to habitual traffic offenders, call a competent criminal defense attorney in Stuart and the Treasure Coast for help. Call us today to schedule an appointment.