this person was arrested for driving on a suspended license in florida 8 months ago then failed to report for a hearing and was just arrested on that warrent
The potential sentence depends on many factors, mainly the level of the offense (misdemeanor vs felony) and the persons prior record. Additionally, in florida the prosecutor can file a separate charge alleging failure to appear, so that would also influence/increase the persons exposure.
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If it's a misdemeanor driving while license suspended charge, the maximum punishment in one year in the county jail (or one year of probation if it's a probationary sentence), and a $1,000 fine. A felony driving while license suspended charge carries a maximum sentence of 5 years in prison or 5 years probation, and up to a $5,000 fine. As to what any given individual would receive depends on a lot of factors that are case by case, such as the person's prior record, whether there were any aggravating circumstances, etc.. The typical punishment you see for a misdemeanor DWLS with no prior record is a fine.
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This is the weird marraige with the DMV and the courts. It was probably a civil infraction (traffic ticket) that caused his license to be susupended. Those are easily taken care of, but then if the tickets are not paid for, or dismissed, or negotiated by one of these fine atttorneys on here and the driver does not show up, then the license is suspended. The license is now suspended and the driver gets pulled over, now there is a criminal charge. Then the driver does not show up to court and their is an arrest warrant; a criminal charge; and a suspended license with a bunch of unpaid, outstanding traffic tickets. Jail time is USUALLY not an issue--at least down here in Miami, but the further North you go in FL the tighter the law enforcment grip gets, so the prosecutor may want--I don't know. . .maybe 30 days in jail for the driving on a suspend license and the judge could hold the driver in contempt or just bump up the 30 days to 35 days. This is with a guilty plea and does NOT include the fines and court costs or getting the driver's license back. It's a darn mess and the driver needs an attorney for the tickets, criminal charge, warrant--all of it.
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