The Florida D6 Clearance
If you fail to appear for court after receiving a criminal citation or civil traffic infraction or if you fail to pay a fine, the court may suspended your Florida driver license by issuing a D-6 suspension. In order to reinstate your Florida driver license, you must obtain a D-6 clearance form showing that you have satisfied an outstanding court requirement.
In order to reinstated your Florida driver license, you must provide the D-6 clearance form (or D6 clearance) to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV).
Many people who are unfamiliar with the system decide that the easiest way to obtain the Florida D-6 clearance is to pay the outstanding ticket so that the driver license can be reinstated.
Paying the tickets, however, means that the individual is adjudicated guilty of the offense which may trigger another suspension of the Florida driver license. For many individuals, the best course is to talk to a criminal defense attorney that focuses on suspended driver's license issues before you obtain the D-6 clearance.
A criminal defense attorney can help you obtain a Florida D-6 Clearance form by requesting a court date so that you can continue driving while your lawyer fights the citation. At the hearing on the citation, your attorney can fight for the citation to be dismissed, or request that the court "withhold adjudication" so that you are not convicted, do not receive any points on your driver's license record, and do not receive another suspension if the citation is for a serious driving offense such as driving while license suspended either with or without knowledge.
A D-6 suspension occurs when a person is issued a citation and fails to appear or fails to pay as required by the court. The court sends an order requireing the department to suspend the person's driving privilege until the person comes into compliance. The department issues a post-dated suspension order (for a post-dated suspension set out 20 days). These suspensions appear as failed to appear on traffic summons and/or failed to pay traffic fines. Each has an identifiable ticket number. It is possible for a driver to have a failed to pay and failed to appear with the same ticket number. In that case, the person would have to show two clearances, one for each suspension.
Contact an attorney at the Sammis Law Firm, P.A., in Tampa, Hillsborough County, Florida, who can answer your questions about obtaining a Florida D-6 clearance, particularly if you are concerned about triggering a license suspension because of numerous tickets or excessive points on your Florida driving record.
If you have also been ticketed for driving while license suspended, an attorney focused on driving while license suspended charges can assist you in obtaining a D-6 clearance so that you can return to court with a valid driver license for a case pending in Tampa, Hillsborough County, Clearwater or St. Petersburg, Pinellas County, Dade City or New Port Richey, Pasco County, Florida.
In those cases in which an individual is able to reinstate their Florida driver license, the criminal defense attorney can attempt to convince the prosecutor to drop the charges against the individual, or at least amend the charges to a less serious offense that will not trigger another suspension.