The term suspension means that your license has been temporarily taken away from you. Revocation means that it has been permanently taken away from you. In the case of revocation, you are legally not allowed to drive again. If you are caught driving with a suspended or revoked license, it is considered to be a serious crime and you can face criminal charges.
Why Your License May be Suspended or Revoked
There are a number of reasons for which your license may have been either suspended or even revoked. The reasons could range from criminal, civil or because of some kind of driving offence. Your license could also be suspended if you do not pay your child support regularly. It could be suspended if you were found using any controlled substances. It could even be suspended if you have too many traffic violations to your name. Every kind of traffic violation carries a certain number of points and these points add up. If the number of points crosses 12, your license may be suspended.
Criminal charges like commitment of a felony using a vehicle, murder charges while driving, prostitution charges involving a vehicle, etc. could also lead to the suspension or the revocation of your license.
How To Get Your License Reinstated
During the period of suspension or revocation, you are not allowed to drive. Once this period is over, you have to get reinstated before you are allowed to drive again. In cases of revocation, it is necessary to apply for a new license. Only after you get this new license will you be allowed to sit behind the wheel.
It is necessary to pay a reinstatement fee in order to get your license back. For suspension, the fee is $45 in the State of Florida. For revocation, it is $45 plus the fee for the new application. Depending on the reason for suspension or revocation, you may also have to pay a fine. The fine will vary depending on the reason for the suspension or revocation.
Defending the DWLSR Charges
In cases of suspension and revocation of licenses, it is advisable to hire a lawyer. This is because, depending on the reason, you may risk jail time and severe fines. This could lead to a lot of problems in the future ranging from employment to getting insurance. With the help of a lawyer, it will be possible to get the shortest sentence possible and also get advice on how to deal with the whole situation in the best possible way.