Florida Attorney for No Valid Driver License
If you have been charged with the criminal offense of "no valid" driver's license under Florida Statute Section 322.03 then contact an experienced criminal defense attorney with the Sammis Law Firm in Tampa, Hillsborough County, FL. We focus on criminal defense in the Tampa Bay area.
"No Valid Driver's License" under Florida State 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.
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 priviledges 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.
If you have been charged with driving with no valid license or driving with no valid commercial license, then contact an attorney at the Sammis Law Firm to discuss your case. Call 813-250-0500 today.
Our attorneys represent individuals charged with "no valid" driver's license in Plant City and Tampa for Hillsborough County, St. Petersburg and Clearwater for Pinellas County, Bartow for Polk County, New Port Richey and Dade City for Pasco County, Brooksville for Hernando County and Bradenton for Manatee County.