I got arrested for shoplifting will in TENN. at that time I was under the influence of drugs since then I have been in drug rehab. I have been clean now for 1 and half years and want to obtain a Florida driver license. I do have a current valid license
If your issue in Tennessee is not license related, it is likely that you will be able to obtain a license. The interface between traffic and criminal data bases may not pick it up.
The warrant itself, since not traffic-related, should not impact your ability to obtain a valid FL DL. However, you may want to see if the warrant was nation-wide or state-wide and whether Tennessee is asking for extradition. If the warrant is nationwide and you walk into a DMV, you may walk out in handcuffs, which would certainly impact your ability to obtain a valid DL (at least on that day). You may want to hire an attorney in Tennessee to address the warrant so that you don't have to keep worrying about it.
First and foremost, take care of the TN case. Then, apply for a Florida license.
Every case and situation is different and my answers will vary greatly depending on the specific facts of each one. My answers shouldn't be considered complete answers to each question and an answer doesn't establish an attorney/client relationship. Always seek the advice of your own attorney. I am licensed only in the State of Florida and in Federal courts. Florida Bar #337821, Admitted 1982.
If Tennessee shoplifting charges (warrants) suspend your Tennessee license then you will not be able to get a Florida Driver's License. As long as a warrant is open any place, I would not risk walking into a DMV.
Get an attorney in Tennessee to get that warrant lifted.
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