Driving While License Suspended

What is a DWLS?

Driving While License Suspended (DWLS) is one of the most common crimes in the State of Florida. Florida Statute 322.34 dictates that any person driving in the State of Florida with a suspended license has committed an offense. 

It does not matter whether you knew about the suspension. The Officer who pulled you over will make a determination about whether they can charge you with knowingly driving while license suspended, or driving while license suspended without knowledge. 


This distinction is VERY important. It is the difference between facing a civil traffic ticket and a criminal misdemeanor. 

Before you take any action, call MC & J Law. Our firm will get you the best results. We have experience, and know the law. This makes MC & J Law the best choice for the DWLS needs.  


My license is suspended, how do I get it back?

There are many reasons why your license may be suspended, including failing to pay a traffic ticket or accumulating too many points on your license. Checking to see the status of your license is easy, all you need is your driver’s license number.

With your driver’s license number, you can go to Florida’s DHSMV website (link provided below) and see your license status. If your license is suspended for unpaid tickets, you can go to the Clerk of Court in the County that you received the ticket and pay the fines. Once any outstanding ticket fines are paid, the Clerk will give you a reinstatement of your license. If you have several outstanding ticket fines, you can ask the Clerk to move your tickets into a collection court. 

  • Sometimes, having too many points on your license will result in its suspension. For example, if you get 12 points in 12 months, your license will be suspended for 30 days. If you get a ticket and pay it without a hearing, there is an automatic conviction of guilt and points will be assessed on your license. If your license is suspended because of points, an attorney can help you ask a judge to enter a “withhold of adjudication” on your ticket. 
  • A withhold of adjudication means that the judge does not formally convict you on the ticket and will not assess points on your license.

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