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Suspended License / HTO in St. Augustine

Driving with your license suspended in St. John's County?

The most common driving offense in St. Johns, Flagler, and Putnam Counties is driving while license suspended (DWLS) or revoked. Based upon your criminal history, the state attorney may file misdemeanor or felony charges against you if you are caught in this situation. Whether you need assistance defending against a new charge or want help "clearing" your driving record, at Albaugh Law in St. Augustine, we are prepared to aggressively defend your rights.

Our Approach to Defense

If we work on your suspended license case, we begin by immediately reviewing your driving record to determine the reason for your suspension or revocation. In many cases, there are ways to satisfy outstanding issues in order to get you driving legally again. If you are facing a new charge, we can also start a thorough investigation into the facts and circumstances of your arrest.

By obtaining copies of the documentary evidence - such as the police reports, 911 calls, charging affidavit, and witness affidavit(s), to name a few - we can review the conduct of the police officers; discuss with you any facts that may be missing, inaccurate or falsely recorded in the reports; and start to formulate a defense strategy. It is important that you have an experienced St. Augustine attorney on your side fighting to protect your freedom from the court system, your license from the DMV, and your wallet from your insurance company.

Defense Against DWLS Charges

A common defense against the charge of DWLS (or revoked) is to attack the validity of the traffic stop through the filing of a motion to suppress. Your entire case can be won or lost depending on the motion to suppress that is filed and the skill with which it is argued by your attorney. A more severe penalty is imposed if you get too many convictions for certain violations within a specific period of time. When this happens, you will receive a letter from the DMV declaring you a habitual traffic offender (HTO) and revoking your driver's license for five years. If you received this letter, contact the Albaugh Law Firm for a free evaluation of your case.

Let Us Help You Reinstate Your License

No matter what you have been told, in many cases it is possible to get your Florida driver's license reinstated much sooner than you think. At the Albaugh Law Firm, we know how to review your driving record to look for ways to remove or reduce offenses that will eliminate the HTO designation. This is typically done through a process known as post-conviction relief. If you or a loved one is facing charges related to a driving offense or recently received a HTO letter, contact the Albaugh Law Firm today for your free initial consultation.