No Valid Driver License Florida Uniform Traffic Citation
A Florida Uniform Traffic Citation charging someone with Driving Without A Valid Driver License is a criminal charge in Florida. That is why the Florida Uniform Traffic Citation has a court date and time on it. A Florida Uniform Traffic Citation for Driving Without A Valid Driver License is NOT a civil citation like a traffic ticket. The Florida Uniform Traffic Citation is the officer’s way of charging a person with a criminal traffic offense without having to arrest the person and take them to jail. Officers can issue a Florida Uniform Traffic Citation for criminal traffic offenses like Driving Without A Valid Driver License. If you do not appear in court as required a warrant may be issued for your arrest.
At the first court appearance the person issued the Florida Uniform Traffic Citation will be required to enter a plea to the Driving Without A Valid Driver License charge. The options are not guilty, guilty or nolo contendere(no contest). If the person enters a plea of not guilty they will be given another court date and the judge will ask the person if they are hiring a lawyer or representing themselves. If the person pleads guilty or no contest then the judge will impose a sentence. Since this is a criminal charge a plea of guilty or no contest will remain on your record for the rest of your life. Driving Without A Valid Driver License is a second degree misdemeanor punishable by up to 60 days in jail, up to 6 months on probation and up to a $500 fine. The judge can also include in the sentence driving classes, community service, cost of investigation, cost of prosecution and court cost.
The mistakes the officer made in your case can mean the difference between a conviction and a dismissal. Officers are trained to follow the law and to conduct investigations properly but everyone makes mistakes, including police officers. Chris is a former prosecutor who has over 18 years experience defending people charged with Driving Without A Valid Driver License Driving Without A Valid Driver License charges can be beaten for many reasons. The consultation is free so call 407-740-8300 or email Chris at chris@TheOrlandoDefenseLawyer.com to find out how Chris can help you.