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Did you know you can lose your license for traffic tickets?

A traffic ticket isn't a big deal, right? You get pulled over for speeding or running a red light, pay the fine and move on with your life.

But did you know that if you get too many traffic tickets in the state of Florida you can lose your driver's license? Did you know that even one ticket can cost you thousands of dollars in insurance premiums?

Paying the ticket means pleading guilty and accepting the consequences. The smart thing to do is to fight the ticket, which protects your driving record and your bank account.

The state keeps track of your driving record using a point system. Each time you get a traffic ticket, a certain number of points are added to your record. If you get a certain number of points within a specific range of time, then your driver's license will be suspended.

Even just two tickets can result in a license suspension, depending on how many points they add up to.

For example,

  • If you get 12 points in 12 months, your license will be suspended for 30 days.
  • If you get 18 points in 18 months, your license will be suspended for three months.
  • If you get 24 points in 36 months, your license will be suspended for one year.

More serious violations can also result in license revocation, which can result in your license being taken away for a long period of time. You may also be required to pay a big fine before getting your license back.

We all depend on our vehicles to get to work, haul our kids around and maintain a social life, so you can imagine how big of an inconvenience it would be to lose your driver's license.

Receiving a Habitual Traffic Offender designation

If you receive a certain number of conviction for serious traffic offenses, then you may receive a letter stating that you are a Habitual Traffic Offender (HTO) and your driver's license will be revoked or suspended for five years.

You may face HTO designation for receiving three or more convictions for the following offenses (taking place during separate acts):

  • Voluntary or involuntary manslaughter
  • DUI
  • Vehicle-related felony
  • Driving with a suspended or revoked license
  • Failure to render aid at the scene of a motor vehicle accident that resulted in death or serious injury

You may also receive HTO designation after being convicted of 15 moving traffic violations resulting in points.

Anyone facing HTO designation needs to speak with a lawyer right away. It may be possible to avoid the designation or at least reduce the length of the license suspension or revocation. Your lawyer will review your driving record and look for all possible defenses that may exist.

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