Driving Without A License In Florida
In the state of Florida, operating a motor vehicle without a valid driver’s license is a serious criminal offense. If you find yourself facing charges for driving without a license, HAWM Law’s criminal defense lawyers have considerable trial experience and are ready to help you. Reach out today for a free criminal consultation to find out how HAWM Law can represent you.
Misdemeanors v. Felonies
Under Florida law, it is illegal to drive a motor vehicle without a valid driver’s license. This offense is classified as a misdemeanor in most cases, but certain factors, such as prior convictions or suspensions, can elevate the charge to a felony. If convicted, the penalties can include fines, probation, community service, and even imprisonment. At HAWM Law, we represent clients facing both State and Federal matters.
Potential Defenses for Your Criminal Case
Lack of Knowledge
One possible defense is to argue that you were not aware that your license was suspended or revoked at the time of the incident. This defense can be effective if you can provide evidence that you did not receive proper notice from the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) regarding the status of your license.
If you can demonstrate that you were facing a genuine emergency situation that required immediate action, it may be possible to argue that you drove without a license out of necessity. However, this defense is generally considered a last resort and requires strong evidence to support your claim.