Having your driver’s license suspended or revoked makes it hard to do everyday tasks, such as run errands or hold down a job. As a result, you might be tempted to drive on an invalid license. However, if you’re caught, you’ll likely to be arrested and face jail time.
Whether you or someone you know has been arrested for driving on a suspended or revoked license in North Florida, contact Roundtree Bonding Agency. We deliver fast and discreet bail bonds services to secure your loved one’s release.
Why Would Your License Be Suspended Or Revoked?
Under Florida law, a driver’s license may be suspended temporarily or revoked permanently. In either case, if the person continues to drive without a valid license, they risk arrest and pre-trial imprisonment without a jail bond. License suspensions can be punishments for civil offenses or incentives for corrective behavior. For example, a spouse who is behind on his or her alimony payments could temporarily lose their driving privileges while catching up on payments.
A revocation is a more severe charge than a suspended license. The driver loses his or her license indefinitely, usually as the consequence of a murder or manslaughter charge, several DUIs, or another felony with a motor vehicle. Drivers might also have their licenses canceled. This involves a temporary loss of driving privileges and it is usually brought on after an individual submits an incomplete renewal application or turns-in an incorrect renewal application.
Canceled licenses are easily remedied with the correct paperwork. However, if you continue to drive, the penalties for driving on a canceled license are the same as those for a suspended or revoked license.
What Are The Penalties Under Florida’s Statutes?
Florida’s statutes (particularly Section 322.34) consider any person who operates a vehicle on a suspended, canceled, or revoked driver’s license to be guilty of a crime.
A driver’s first offense (a second-degree misdemeanor) is punishable by up to 60 days in jail; a second offense (a first-degree misdemeanor) carries up to a one-year jail sentence; while a third and all subsequent offenses (each a third-degree felony) equate a jail sentence of up to five years.
When deciding the length of a sentence, a judge considers the defendant’s criminal history and the reason for driving on a suspended or revoked license — was it to go to work or to deal drugs? These factors, as well as others, are weighed by the judge pre-trial when setting a bail amount.
What Happens When You’re Out On Bond?
Until an arrested person is found guilty in a court of law, he or she is merely charged with committing a crime. In the time between the arrest and the trial, the person can either remain in custody at the jail or post bail and be set free until the court date. Depending on the number of previous convictions as well as the severity of crimes in his or her criminal history, a person might receive a high bail for driving without a valid driver's license.
If bonding yourself or someone else out of jail is a financial hardship for you, Roundtree Bonding Agency can help. Our bonding company in Gainesville posts affordable bonds — we charge just a fraction of the full amounts up front — for clients throughout North Florida. When you or someone close to you is arrested for driving without a valid license, don’t spend one second longer than you have to in jail. Call for a bail bond today!