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At Leppard Law, we understand the significant impact a suspended license can have on your daily life. With over 60 years of combined experience, our team, led by Joe Easton and John Vallillo, specializes in defending Floridians against charges that threaten their freedom and mobility. A suspended license can limit your ability to work, care for your family, and maintain your independence. We’re here to help you navigate the complexities of Florida’s traffic laws and work tirelessly to defend your rights.

Driving While License Suspended (DWLS) and No Valid Driver’s License (NVDL) are not just minor traffic infractions in Florida; they can lead to severe consequences, including criminal charges. Whether your license was suspended due to unpaid fines, accumulation of traffic points, or more serious offenses like DUI, our criminal defense lawyers are equipped with the knowledge and strategies to tackle your case head-on.

Understanding the difference between DWLS with knowledge and without can significantly impact your case’s outcome. DWLS without knowledge is considered a non-criminal traffic infraction, while DWLS with knowledge can result in misdemeanor or felony charges, depending on the offense’s nature. Our goal at Leppard Law is to provide you with a defense that not only aims to protect your current standing but also safeguards your future from the lasting effects of a criminal record.

Being labeled as a Habitual Traffic Offender (HTO) can result in a five-year suspension of your driving privileges. This designation comes from accumulating specific offenses over a five-year period. Our attorneys have a successful track record of contesting such designations and working towards reinstating driving privileges. Whether it’s through an administrative hearing or challenging prior convictions, we’re committed to exploring every avenue to defend your case.

Reinstating a suspended license involves navigating through a series of legal and bureaucratic steps. Whether it’s resolving outstanding tickets, dealing with insurance suspensions, or addressing child support-related suspensions, our team is ready to guide you through the process. We understand the importance of having a valid driver’s license and are dedicated to helping you achieve the best possible outcome.

Our approach at Leppard Law combines innovative defense strategies with a personal touch. We believe in clear communication and are committed to keeping you informed throughout your case. With over 300 5-star Google reviews, our reputation for fighting hard for our clients and achieving favorable outcomes speaks for itself. If you’re facing a suspended license in Florida, don’t navigate this challenging time alone. Contact Leppard Law at 407-476-4111 today for a free consultation, and let us help you get back on the road legally and safely.

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For more information on how we can assist with other traffic-related offenses, explore our insights on reckless driving and the intricacies of DUI defense.

Types of License Suspension Cases We Handle

Our legal team specializes in a variety of license suspension cases, providing expert guidance and support to navigate through the complexities of each scenario. Discover more about how we can assist you:

Understanding Suspended Licenses in Florida

Common Causes for License Suspension

In Florida, the freedom to drive is a privilege that can be revoked or suspended for numerous reasons, affecting countless drivers each year. Understanding the common causes for license suspension is the first step in navigating the complexities of Florida’s traffic law system. At Leppard Law, we encounter a variety of scenarios that lead to suspended licenses, each requiring a unique approach to defense and reinstatement.

  • DUI (Driving Under the Influence): One of the most serious offenses, DUI can lead to immediate license suspension, with the period of suspension varying based on the severity of the offense and prior DUI history.
  • Accumulation of Points: Florida employs a point system to monitor driving behaviors. Accumulating too many points within a specific timeframe can result in a license suspension.
  • Failure to Pay Fines or Fees: Neglecting to pay traffic fines, court costs, or other fees can lead to the suspension of your driving privileges.
  • Failure to Pay Child Support: Non-payment of child support is another non-driving related cause that can result in license suspension.
  • Failure to Maintain Insurance: Florida law requires all drivers to maintain automobile insurance. A lapse in coverage can lead to suspension.

Each cause for suspension carries its own set of legal challenges and implications. For instance, DUI offenses not only lead to license suspension but can also result in significant legal penalties and even imprisonment. Similarly, the failure to pay child support, while not related to one’s driving record, underscores the state’s commitment to enforcing child support obligations through any means necessary, including impacting one’s driving privileges.

How to Get Your License Reinstated in Florida a Step By Step Guide

If your license is suspended, there may be steps you can take to reinstate your license and be able to drive again. However, these only apply if you are not considered a Habitual Traffic Offender.

What’s Suspending My License?

Go to the DMV and ask for a printout of your Suspensions or go to the DMV’s website at https://services.flhsmv.gov/DLCheck/ and enter in your Driver’s License Number for a list of the Suspensions.

Outstanding Tickets Suspension

You will need to pay the outstanding tickets and an additional $60.00 D-6 reinstatement fee for each ticket:

  1. Contact the county court(s) and arrange to make payment. You will have to check with the court(s) for the amount owed. (Ask them if they will “Withhold Adjudication” on your tickets or for a “Clerk’s Withhold.” They may say no, but it never hurts to ask.)
  2. If the court does not collect the reinstatement fee, you can either take the D-6 clearance form from the court and a check for $60.00 to your local DMV office.
  3. Already paid the tickets? The court has not notified the DMV that you have handled that matter. Please provide the DMV with court documentation to update your record and remove the suspension. Acceptable documentation includes:
    • D-6 clearance form with stamped court seal (provided at the time of payment)
    • A letter from the court stating the ticket number, date of payment and having a stamped court seal

Insurance Suspensions

Make sure that your insurance is current and valid.  Then take proof of insurance to your closest DMV Office or call (850) 617-2000 and use the automated system to update your insurance. If you no longer own the vehicle, surrender the Florida tags and registration immediately upon canceling the Florida insurance.

Child Support Suspension

You will need to obtain an affidavit from the Department of Revenue, Child Support Enforcement (1-800-622-5437) and pay a $60.00 reinstatement fee to clear each suspension of this type. Take the affidavit to the DMV; it must be dated within 30 days of reinstatement and state:

  • You have paid the delinquency or you have reached a written agreement for payment; or
  • A court has entered an order granting relief and ordering the reinstatement of the license and motor vehicle registration; or
  • You have complied with the subpoena, order to appear, order to show cause, or similar order, order to appear for genetic testing.

For all other suspensions, visit http://www.flhsmv.gov/ddl/faqsuspend.html or call the DMV Customer Service Center at (850) 617-2000 Monday through Friday 7am – 5pm, EST.

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The legal framework surrounding license suspension in Florida is designed to penalize and deter unsafe and irresponsible driving behaviors, as well as to enforce certain legal obligations. However, the implications for drivers can be profound, affecting their ability to work, care for family members, and maintain their overall quality of life. This is where the expertise of DUI lawyers and traffic crimes defense attorneys becomes invaluable.

At Leppard Law, we understand the impact a suspended license can have on your life. That’s why we’re dedicated to providing a personalized defense strategy for each of our clients. Whether you’re facing suspension due to a reckless driving charge or for non-payment of fines, our team is here to help. We’ll work tirelessly to explore every legal avenue available, from challenging the basis of your suspension to negotiating alternative penalties that may preserve your driving privileges.

Remember, a suspended license doesn’t have to derail your life. With the right legal support, you can navigate the challenges and work towards reinstating your driving privileges. If you’re dealing with a suspended license in Florida, don’t hesitate to contact Leppard Law at 407-476-4111 for a free consultation. Let us help you get back on the road legally and safely.

Penalties and Consequences of Driving with a Suspended License

Driving with a suspended license in Florida isn’t just a minor hiccup in your daily commute; it’s a serious offense that can lead to severe penalties. At Leppard Law, we’ve seen firsthand the impact these penalties can have on individuals and their families. From hefty fines to potential jail time, the consequences of Driving While License Suspended or Revoked (DWLSR) with knowledge are far-reaching and can even exacerbate your situation, leading to a vicious cycle of suspensions and legal troubles.

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PENALTIES FOR A DWLS (without knowledge) – Traffic Ticket

If you are convicted of driving with a suspended license without your knowledge, then your charge of DWLS is only a traffic infraction and you must pay a fine; it is not a criminal charge. Nevertheless, DWLS without knowledge can still have serious consequences because it can contribute to your designation as a “Habitual Traffic Offender,” which we will cover below.

PENALTIES FOR A DWLS (without knowledge) – Criminal Charge

Here’s a breakdown of what you could be facing if caught driving on a suspended license with knowledge:

  • DWLS First Offense: Considered a second-degree misdemeanor, punishable by up to 60 days in jail and a $500 fine.
  • DWLS  Second Offense: Escalates to a first-degree misdemeanor, with penalties including up to 1 year in jail and a $1,000 fine.
  • DWLS  Third and subsequent offenses without forcible felony on your record—first degree misdemeanor with penalties including up to 1 year in jail and a $1,000 fine.
  • DWLS  Third and subsequent offenses with forcible felony on your record—third degree felony, punishable by up to 5 years in prison and a $5,000 fine

Getting three convictions of any DWLS charge (among other eligible offenses) in a five year period can result in your designation as a Habitual Traffic Offender, with a license suspension of 5 years.

Moreover, being labeled as a Habitual Traffic Offender (HTO) can result in a five-year suspension of your driving privileges, with the possibility of applying for a hardship license after the first year. This status is not just a label; it’s a significant barrier to maintaining employment, caring for your family, and fulfilling other responsibilities that require reliable transportation.

Impact on Insurance and Employment

Aside from the immediate legal penalties, having a suspended license can have a long-term impact on your insurance rates and employment opportunities. Insurance companies often view individuals with suspended licenses as high-risk drivers, leading to increased premiums or even denial of coverage. When it comes to employment, many jobs require a valid driver’s license, especially those involving driving company vehicles, making deliveries, or traveling regularly for business purposes.

At Leppard Law, we understand the importance of maintaining your driving privileges not only for legal reasons but for your livelihood as well. Our experienced team is adept at navigating the complexities of reinstating your suspended license in Florida, ensuring you’re back on the road legally and safely as soon as possible. Don’t let a suspended license derail your life; contact us today at 407-584-9186 for a consultation.


An individual who receives three convictions (or “three strikes”) of certain offenses within any five year period may be designated by the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) as a Habitual Traffic Offender. These offenses include:

  • Driving with License Suspended (with or without knowledge)
  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI)
  • Vehicular Manslaughter
  • Fleeing and Eluding

You can also be labeled a Habitual Traffic Offender if you receive traffic points for fifteen moving traffic offenses within a five-year period.

If you are designated a Habitual Traffic Offender, then your license will be suspended for five years, with the ability to apply for a hardship license after the first year. This is why defense lawyers will often try to reduce your sentence from Driving with License Suspended to No Valid Driver’s License. Even though NVDL is a criminal offense, it will not count toward Habitual Traffic Offender status. However, even DWLS without knowledge (which is a civil offense, not criminal) can count as a “strike” against you.

How We Can Help You Fight Your HTO Status

If you are labeled a Habitual Traffic Offender, a skilled lawyer can help you contest this charge:

  1. You can claim your right to an administrative hearing within 30 days of receiving a notice of an HTO designation. This is a hearing in front of the DHSMV, where you (or your lawyer) can challenge the legal grounds for the designation.
  2. A lawyer can move to vacate one or more of your prior convictions if the lawyer makes the motion within two years of the conviction. Your lawyer will challenge the grounds on which you were convicted. A successful motion to vacate means your conviction will essentially go away. If without this conviction you no longer have “three strikes,” then your designation as a Habitual Traffic Offender must be removed.
  3. Additionally, a lawyer can help you apply for a hardship license after the first year of being an HTO. If this is successful, you will receive a restricted license that allows you to drive to work, school, and church for the remainder of the suspension.

What’s the difference between Driving with Your License Suspended Compared with Revoked?

It’s important to distinguish between a suspended license and a revoked license, as each has distinct legal implications. A suspension is a temporary withdrawal of driving privileges for a specific period, after which steps can be taken to reinstate the license. Conversely, a revocation is a more severe action, indicating a complete termination of one’s driving privilege. Reinstatement after revocation typically involves undergoing the licensing process anew, meeting stringent requirements set forth by the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV).

For those facing suspension, understanding the specific reason behind it is the first step towards reinstatement. Whether it’s due to unpaid fines, insurance issues, or points accumulation, targeted actions can be taken to address the underlying cause. For example, D6 clearance procedures can resolve suspensions stemming from unpaid tickets, while reinstatement processes can guide individuals through regaining their driving privileges post-suspension.

Moreover, those at risk of being labeled as a Habitual Traffic Offender (HTO) must take immediate action to avoid the severe consequences associated with this designation, which includes a five-year license revocation. Seeking legal assistance early can help in contesting HTO status and exploring options for hardship licenses.

At Leppard Law, we understand the intricacies of Florida’s traffic laws and the profound impact a suspended license can have on one’s life. Our team is well-versed in navigating the complexities of the DHSMV and court systems to advocate for your rights. If you’re dealing with a suspended license or facing potential HTO designation, don’t hesitate to reach out for a consultation. Together, we can explore your options and work towards restoring your driving privileges. Contact us today at 407-584-9186 and let us help you steer through these challenging times.

Defending Your Rights: Strategies to Contest a Suspended License Charge

When facing a suspended license charge in Florida, the prospect can seem daunting. At Leppard Law, we understand the intricacies of traffic law and utilize a robust arsenal of defense strategies to protect your rights and driving privileges. Our approach is not one-size-fits-all; we tailor our defense to the unique circumstances of your case, leveraging technology, comprehensive legal knowledge, and our extensive experience to work in your favor.

Our defense strategies are as diverse as the cases we handle. Here are some of the ways we can challenge a suspended license charge:

  • Questioning the basis of the traffic stop: We scrutinize the details of your traffic stop to ensure that law enforcement had a legitimate reason to pull you over. If we can demonstrate that the stop was unjustified, it could lead to the dismissal of the charges against you.
  • Examining notification procedures: Florida law requires that you be properly notified of your license suspension. We will investigate whether the DHSMV followed all necessary procedures to inform you of your suspension. If proper notification was not given, we may be able to contest the charge on the grounds of lack of knowledge.
  • Exploring options for license reinstatement: In some cases, the best defense strategy is to seek reinstatement of your driving privileges. We can guide you through the process of addressing the underlying reasons for your suspension, such as unpaid fines or failure to complete court-ordered programs.
  • Challenging the classification of prior offenses: The severity of a suspended license charge can be influenced by your driving history. We will meticulously review your record to ensure that previous infractions were correctly classified and challenge any inaccuracies that could unfairly escalate the current charge.

Our commitment to leveraging technology enhances our ability to defend your case effectively. From utilizing advanced legal research tools to streamline communication through our client portal, we ensure that every resource at our disposal is used to your advantage.

At Leppard Law, we go beyond just defending your case in court. We understand the stress and uncertainty that come with a suspended license charge and strive to provide peace of mind through clear, consistent communication and a compassionate approach. Our team is always here to answer your questions and guide you through the legal process, step by step.

If you’re dealing with a suspended license charge, don’t face it alone. Our experienced attorneys are ready to fight for you. With a track record of success and a personal touch that sets us apart, Leppard Law is your ally in navigating the complexities of Florida’s traffic laws. Contact us today at 407-476-4111 for a free consultation and let us put our expertise to work for you.


Remember, the decisions you make now can have a lasting impact on your future. Choose a legal team with the knowledge, experience, and dedication to achieve the best possible outcome for your case. Choose Leppard Law. Reach out to us today, and take the first step towards protecting your rights and your future.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What steps should I take if my license is suspended in Florida?

Navigating a license suspension requires a methodical approach:

  1. Understand the reason for your suspension by reviewing the official notification from the DMV.
  2. Consult with a specialized attorney to explore your options for contesting the suspension or seeking reinstatement.
  3. Complete any mandated requirements, such as traffic school or paying fines, as outlined by the DMV or court.
  4. Apply for reinstatement once all conditions have been met, keeping in mind that you might be required to pay additional fees.

Can I drive with a suspended license in Florida if it’s an emergency?

Driving on a suspended license in Florida, even in an emergency, is illegal and can result in severe penalties. However, specific circumstances might be considered by the court. It’s crucial to consult a knowledgeable attorney immediately if you find yourself in such a situation.

What are the penalties for driving with a suspended license in Florida?

Penalties can be harsh and may include:

  • Additional suspension time added to your current suspension period.
  • Fines that increase with subsequent offenses.
  • Potential jail time, especially for repeated offenses or if the suspension was due to a DUI or other serious violation.

It’s advisable to seek legal advice to mitigate these penalties.

How can I check the status of my Florida driver’s license?

To check the status of your Florida driver’s license, you can use the official Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) website. Here, you’ll be able to view any suspensions, citations, or other details affecting your license status:

  • Visit the FLHSMV Driver License Check.
  • Enter your driver’s license number.
  • Review the displayed information for any suspensions or violations.

How can I reinstate my suspended license in Florida?

Reinstating a suspended license in Florida involves several steps, which may vary based on the reason for suspension. Generally, you’ll need to:

  1. Complete any court requirements or serve the full suspension period.
  2. Pay all outstanding fines and fees.
  3. Provide proof of auto insurance, if required.
  4. Apply for reinstatement at your local DMV office.

For specific guidance based on your situation, contact Leppard Law for a personalized consultation.

Our team’s dedication and expertise can make a significant difference in the outcome of your case. Contact us today to learn more.

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List of Top-Rated Suspended License Attorneys Serving Florida

Choosing the right legal representation is crucial when dealing with a suspended license in Florida. Our team, led by seasoned attorneys, is dedicated to guiding you through every step of the process, ensuring your rights are protected and your case is handled with the utmost care.

  • Joe Easton: With over 20 years of criminal defense experience, Joe Easton’s former role as a prosecutor gives him unique insights into the legal system, making him a formidable advocate for your rights.
  • John Vallillo: John Vallillo brings over 25 years of experience to the table, with a track record of case dismissals and proactive defense that speaks to his strategic and insightful approach to legal defense.
  • Joel Leppard: As an attorney, Joel Leppard’s innovative defense strategies and personal commitment to each case have helped Leppard Law earn over 300 5-star Google reviews, making it a top choice for those facing suspended license charges in Florida.

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Ready to Turn Your Life Around? Contact Leppard Law Today

When you’re facing the uncertainty of a suspended license in Florida, the weight of the world can seem heavy on your shoulders. But you don’t have to carry this burden alone. Leppard Law: Florida Traffic Crimes Defense Attorneys are here to lift that weight with expert legal guidance, personalized attention, and a commitment to securing the best possible outcome for your case.

With Leppard Law, you’re not just getting a lawyer; you’re gaining a dedicated ally who understands the intricacies of traffic crime defense. Our team, led by Joe Easton and John Vallillo, brings over 60 years of combined experience to your defense, ensuring that your case is handled with the expertise and care it deserves.

Our innovative defense strategies and commitment to excellence have not only earned us over 300 five-star Google reviews but have also placed us among the top-rated criminal defense attorneys in Central Florida. We’re proud to have been recognized for our exceptional service and results, including:

  • Named as one of “Top Criminal Defense Lawyers in Orlando, FL” 2023 (Expertise)
  • Highlighted among the “Top DUI Lawyers in Orlando” for 2023 by Expertise
  • Listed among the “Best Traffic Crimes Defense Attorneys in Orlando” from 2016-2023 by Expertise
  • Recognized on the list of “Top Defense Lawyers for Suspended License Cases in Florida” 2023 (Thumbtack)
  • Featured among the “Best Law Firms for Traffic Offenses in Orlando” by Yelp 2023


Get Your License AND Your Life Back on Track!

If you’re dealing with a suspended license, don’t wait to seek help. The longer you wait, the more complicated your situation can become. Contact us today for a consultation, and let’s start the journey to getting your driving privileges reinstated. Together, we can navigate the legal system and work towards a positive outcome.

If you or a loved one is dealing with a suspended license in Florida, don’t wait to seek the help you need. Call us today at 407-476-4111 to schedule your free consultation and experience the difference of having a committed, knowledgeable team by your side. Let’s navigate this journey together and fight for the justice you deserve.

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