Monday, September 01, 2014

Habitual Traffic Offenders (HTO)

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Habitual Traffic Offenders

Approximately 23,000 drivers had their Florida drivers license revoked in 2006 as Habitual Traffic Offenders. To be deemed a habitual traffic offender in Florida your driving record (maintained by the Florida DMV) must show you have accumulated convictions as Detailed below.

Avoid Convictions and Points

The best way to keep your drivers license - avoid license suspensions and revocations - is to change your driving habits. Leave a little earlier so you don't have to speed, put on some relaxing music to avoid aggressive behavior, and avoid distractions - pay attention to driving. But if you do get a traffic citation or are charged with a traffic violation investigate your options.


ADI (Advanced Driver Improvement)

Florida may allow you to get a hardship license to drive to and from work. In many cases you must show proof of enrollment in a 12 hour traffic school course called ADI in order to get your hardship license.




3 Convictions

If you are convicted three (3) times of any of the following offenses in separate acts you may be deemed a Habitual Offender:

(A) Voluntary or involuntary manslaughter resulting from the operation of a motor vehicle

(B) Any violation of Florida Statute 316.193 (DUI), former s. 316.1931, or former s. 860.01

Any felony in the commission of which a motor vehicle is used

Driving a motor vehicle while your license is suspended or revoked

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

15 Convictions

Fifteen convictions for moving traffic offenses for which points may be assessed can result in you being deemd a Habitual offender as set forth in s. 322.27, including those offenses in subsection (1).

Any violation of any federal law, any law of another state or country, or any valid ordinance of a municipality or county of another state similar to a statutory prohibition specified in subsection (1) or subsection (2) shall be counted as a violation of such prohibition. In computing the number of convictions, all convictions during the 5 years previous to July 1, 1972, will be used, provided at least one conviction occurs after that date. The fact that previous convictions may have resulted in suspension, revocation, or disqualification under another section does not exempt them from being used for suspension or revocation under this section as a habitual offender.

Florida License Revocation

As a habitual offender in Florida your drivers license will be revoked for five (5) years. After one year you may request a hardship license to drive to and from work. Contact the