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Driving with a Suspended License in Sarasota, FL

Adam Dunn and the Dunn Law Firm are ready to aggressively defend you for a minor traffic offense to a serious crime. Part of our service is education, and today we will discuss the ramifications of driving in Florida with a suspended license.

If you are found guilty of certain moving violations, your license can be suspended. This can impact your ability to get to work or school. Even worse is what can occur if you continue to drive with a suspended license. License suspensions are covered under Florida Statutes Section 322.34.

  • If it is your first offense for driving with a suspended license, you can spend 60 days in jail and be fined up to $500. There are allowances if you can prove you did not know your license was suspended.
  • A second offense can result in up to one year in prison and a $1000 fine.
  • A third offense can be charged as a felony; if convicted you could face five years in prison and a $5000 fine.
  • There is also a provision for a habitual offender. If you are found to have three driving while suspended convictions within five years, you can have your license revoked for five years.

Florida is also a state which can suspend or revoke your driver’s license for non-traffic offenses. One example is failing to pay court fines or fees. As people in Florida go through the court system, they are charged for a variety of things including filing for a public defender, charges for their prosecution, and court fees for misdemeanors and felonies as well as any fines. In 2017, over 100,000 people had their licenses suspended for failure to pay court fines and fees.

If you feel your license is at risk due to any of the reasons above, contact the Dunn Law Firm today in Sarasota. We are available 24/7 to help you. Call us at 941-866-4352.

What Offenses Can Result in the Suspension of Your License?

The Dunn Law Firm wants you to be informed about criminal law so you can avoid situations which can get you into trouble. However, there may be times when you need our services, and one such area involves driver’s license suspensions. What types of offenses can result in the suspension of your license? Typically these suspensions fall under different classifications:

Driving Offenses

No insurance– If you are caught driving without valid auto insurance you can lose your license for up to three years for a first offense.

Accumulated points — Many driving violations, such as speeding, can result in points assessed against your license. If you accumulate too many points in a given period your license can be suspended.

Other Offenses

Failure to comply — This rule can encompass different violations, but actions such as failure to pay child support as an example can result in a license suspension until the payments are made. Failure to follow actions of the court, such as attending classes or attending a required hearing on your case, can result in license suspension. The suspension term can vary for the offense, so it is best to consult with the Dunn Law Firm if you have any court-ordered actions and have failed to comply or to be certain you are taking correct actions needed to comply.


DUI — Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is a crime and can result in license suspension for up to a year for the first offense. Subsequent offenses can result in further suspension, revocation, and jail time.

Drug crimes — Crimes such as selling drugs or being in possession can result in license suspension.

If you have any of the above violations or offenses, don’t take chances with your future. Contact Adam Dunn and the Dunn Law Firm today for a consultation. You can reach us at 941-866-4352.