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Suspension of A Florida Driver’s License Due to Error

April 22, 2020

Police Officer Looking at Driving LicenseWe understand just how frustrating it can be when you discover your Florida driver's license has been suspended due to an error. Suddenly, your world can feel like it's been turned upside down, with the ability to carry out everyday tasks such as commuting to work or running errands severely compromised. We know it can be a confusing and stressful time, and we're here to help.

Understanding Driver's License Suspension in Florida 

In Florida, there are many factors that can lead to the suspension of a driver's license. One prevalent cause is the failure to maintain adequate insurance coverage. It's shocking to learn that about one in every eight Floridians has had their license suspended. Often, these suspensions arise from unpaid fines or fees linked to traffic violations. However, sometimes the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) system doesn't update correctly, leading to unwarranted suspensions. 

The Role of Internal Errors within the Florida DHSMV 

A simple administrative error within the confines of the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) can have far-reaching implications, potentially leading to an undeserved suspension of your driving privileges. The unfortunate reality is that you, as a motorist, may remain oblivious to this suspension until an unexpected encounter with law enforcement during a routine traffic stop. 

Imagine being pulled over for a minor infraction, like running a red light or having a faulty taillight. The officer issues a ticket for the observed violation, but then, to your surprise, hands over another citation - this time for driving with a suspended license. In certain circumstances, this could escalate further with your vehicle being impounded right then and there.

Impact of Insurance Company Errors 

In the state of Florida, every vehicle owner is mandated by the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) to have an active insurance policy. Failure to meet these requirements can result in a driver's license suspension. Regrettably, mistakes made by auto insurance companies can inadvertently trigger such suspensions. 

Take the case of a resident from the Sunshine State, for instance. He found a law enforcement officer removing the license plates from his car. As ABC Action News reported, the Florida DHSMV had suspended his driving rights due to an alleged lack of auto insurance. Upon investigation, it was revealed that the error originated from the insurance company. The Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) provided in the policy did not match the one on his vehicle.

The aftermath of a license suspension can be challenging. Depending on the situation, law enforcement may confiscate a car’s license plates or even impound the vehicle. To restore a driver's license, you'll need to provide proof of insurance, settle any pending fines, and pay up to a $500 reinstatement fee. If your vehicle has been impounded, expect to pay additional fees to recover it. 

Consequences of Driver's License Suspension 

The impact of a driver's license suspension can be significant. Not only does it affect your ability to drive legally, but it can also result in additional fines and fees. In some cases, law enforcement may remove your vehicle's license plates or even impound your vehicle. 

The Importance of Seeking Legal Assistance 

The process of resolving a driver's license suspension can be complex and overwhelming. It's crucial to seek assistance from attorneys experienced in dealing with driver's license issues.

Our firm has been serving the community of Clearwater, Florida, for over 50 years. We are proud of our reputation for providing exceptional legal representation and fighting for the rights of our clients. Our attorneys are dedicated to helping individuals facing driver's license suspension due to error. We understand the impact that a suspended license can have on your life, and we are committed to guiding you through the legal process and working towards a favorable outcome.

If you're dealing with a driver's license suspension in Florida due to an error, contact The Law Offices of Hoskins and Penton, P.A. We will listen to your story, provide personalized attention, and develop a strategic approach to help you navigate this challenging situation. We have the knowledge, experience, and dedication to help you resolve the issue and seek to reinstate your driver's license. Get in touch today and let us fight for your rights and your ability to drive legally.