HABITUAL TRAFFIC OFFENDER (HTO) IN FLORIDA
First of all, driving is a privilege that millions of people enjoy. Yet, the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles can revoke this privilege. By the way, you can lose your right to drive for several reasons. In fact, this includes becoming a habitual traffic offender (HTO). So, don’t let them take away your right to drive! In all honesty, RHINO Lawyers are here to help.
Incidentally, habitual traffic offender charges carry severe penalties. As a matter of fact, with these penalties, you will lose your right to drive for five years. Thus, this debilitating punishment can wreak havoc on your personal and professional life. Often having irreversible consequences for both.
Florida’s Definition for HTO
First, Florida Statutes 322.264, says a “habitual traffic offender (HTO)” is a person whose Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles records show an accumulation of three or more of the following convictions for separate offenses within a 5-year timeframe:
- DUI (Driving under the influence)
- Voluntary or involuntary manslaughter
- Any felony resulting from the use of a motor vehicle
- Driving while a license suspended or revoked
- Failing to stop and render aid in the event of a motor vehicle crash
- Driving a commercial motor vehicle while disqualified to do so
Furthermore, habitual traffic offender status also can result from 15 convictions for moving traffic violations within five years under the Florida point system.
Thus, if caught driving as an HTO, you can face a conviction of a third-degree felony. The penalties could include:
- Up to 5 years in prison
- A fine of up to $500
- having your license revoked or suspended up to 5 years
Thus, the criminal defense team at RHINO Lawyers will help you charge this offense head-on. In fact, we understand how critical it is for you to maintain your mobility. So, we dig deep into every previous charge that brought you to this point.
All too often, other defense attorneys miss or misunderstand critical factors. Unfortunately, these could have resulted in a better outcome in your previous cases. As well as, details such as personal circumstances, false readings, unique road conditions can impact your case. Not to mention, an officer failing to follow procedures. Consequently, you have many other factors that could have a profound impact on your previous cases.
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