Written by Top Avvo-rated Tampa DUI Lawyer John S. Castro 5/20/2013
According to Florida Statute 322.264, a “habitual traffic offender” is any person whose record, as maintained by the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, shows that such person has accumulated the specified number of convictions for offenses described in subsection (1) or subsection (2) within a 5-year period:
(1) Three or more convictions of any one or more of the following offenses arising out of separate acts:
(a) Voluntary or involuntary manslaughter resulting from the operation of a motor vehicle;
(b) Any violation of s. 316.193 (DUI);
(c) Any felony in the commission of which a motor vehicle is used;
(d) Driving a motor vehicle while his or her license is suspended or revoked;
(e) Failing to stop and render aid as required under the laws of this state in the event of a motor vehicle crash resulting in the death or personal injury of another; or
(f) Driving a commercial motor vehicle while his or her privilege is disqualified.
(2) Fifteen convictions for moving traffic offenses for which points may be assessed.
Consequences of HTO
By far the most common reason a person becomes a HTO is three convictions for driving while license suspended. Often times individuals plea guilty to the charge without knowing the potential consequences which include a 5 years license revocation, possible jail/prison time and an upgrade from a misdemeanor charge to a felony. With the help of an experienced attorney, these consequences may be avoided.
Get An Experienced Tampa Lawyer on Your Case
Don’t go to court alone, or fall into the trap that it’s no big deal. Becoming a HTO will seriously impact your ability to provide for your family and find or keep a job.
Attorney John Castro is a former state prosecutor with several years of experience handling traffic and criminal cases. If you are facing a license revocation, or need legal assistance on criminal or traffic matter, do not hesitate to contact us.