Written by attorney John Michael Phillips

Types of Crimes in Florida - Driving with a Suspended License

Driving with a Suspended License If you are found guilty of operating a motor vehicle while your license is under suspension, you will be convicted of a second degree misdemeanor penalty under Florida criminal law. A 2nd degree misdemeanor carries a maximum sentence of 60 days in jail and a $500 fine. A second offense suspended license charge is a first degree misdemeanor (up to 1 year and $1000 fine). A third or subsequent offense driving on a suspended license charge is a third degree felony, which brings the maximum penalty up to 5 years in prison and $5000 in fines. The prosecutor needs to prove that you were aware of the suspension to convict you. Evidence could be statements that you've made, proof that you received the notification, or a prior conviction is also sufficient proof that you were aware that your driver's license was under suspension.

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