Your Sarasota Traffic Defense Attorneys
Protect Yourself After an Arrest for a Traffic Crime in Sarasota
It is unsurprising that most interactions with the police take place on the roadways. Legally, it does not take much for an officer to pull you over, and once stopped, a driver’s license check is sure to follow. The Sarasota criminal defense attorneys at Fowler Law Group can assist you with various traffic crimes including but not limited to No valid driver’s license, Driving while license suspended, habitual traffic offender, reckless driving and fleeing to elude.
No Valid Driver's License
Operating a motor vehicle in the State of Florida without a valid driver’s license is a second degree misdemeanor. Upon conviction, you could be sentenced to up to 60 days in the county jail. Although it is a minor misdemeanor, you should not take the charge lightly, as a conviction creates a criminal record that is impossible to erase. Sarasota criminal defense attorneys can work with the prosecutor to help place you in the best possible position.
Driving While License Suspended (DWLS)
There are two types of DWLS charges. The first is DWLS with knowledge, considered a misdemeanor for first time offenders. There are numerous reasons why someone’s license may be suspended, and the type of sanction that the State is seeking usually depends on the reason for the suspension in the first place. For suspensions for criminal convictions (such as DUI, fleeing to elude, drug charges, etc.) the State Attorney usually seeks jail time. For other suspensions, (such as failure to pay a traffic ticket) it may be possible to work with the State Attorney to achieve a result that does not result in any jail time. The sanction that the State seeks is also usually depends on whether your criminal history shows that this offense happens often. The other type of DWLS charge is driving while license suspended without knowledge. This is a civil infraction in the State of Florida, however, you must be cautious, as a conviction for the offense could have extremely adverse consequences for your driving privilege. The Sarasota criminal defense attorneys at Fowler Law Group have extensive experience in handling these types of matters.
Habitual Traffic Offender
Upon conviction of three “major traffic offenses” within a five year period of time, the State of Florida will designate you a “Habitual Traffic Offender.” Major traffic infractions including but not limited to the offenses of DWLS with knowledge, DUI, a conviction of DWLS without knowledge and fleeing to elude.” Upon being designated a Habitual Traffic Offender, your driver’s license will be suspended for a period of five years. The State of Florida takes a strong stance on these drivers, and usually asks for extended periods of jail time for those individuals caught driving while under “HTO” status. If your driving record supports it, it may be possible to remove the HTO designation, and restore your driving privilege.
Reckless Driving is defined by the State of Florida as the “willful, or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property. If any damage to property or person of another occur, the crime is enhanced to a first degree misdemeanor and it is then punishable by one day shy of a year in the county jail. Even more severe, if someone is seriously injured as a result of the reckless driving, it is then considered a third degree felony punishable by up to 5 years in prison. It is especially important in these types of cases to contact a defense lawyer as soon as possible to help preserve evidence that might otherwise be lost, such as law enforcement officer footage, 911 calls, surveillance footage from nearby business and witness statements. Certain types of digital evidence may be erased after a portion of time. The criminal defense attorneys at Fowler Law Group can help secure evidence that could be used in your defense.
Fleeing To Elude
“Simple” fleeing to elude is a third degree felony in the State of Florida, and carries a mandatory adjudication of guilt upon conviction. This means that upon being found guilty, or entering a no contest plea, the defendant automatically becomes a convicted felon! There are varying degrees of this charge, ranging all the way up to a first degree felony punishable by 30 years in State prison if the crime resulted in serious bodily injury or death to another person. Contact the Sarasota criminal defense attorneys at Fowler Law Group to discuss this charge.
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