What Makes You a Habitual Traffic Offender in Florida?

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Hey there! Let me break down this Florida traffic law thing for you in a simpler way. So in Florida, if you get in trouble on the road too many times, you might get tagged as a “habitual traffic offender” or HTO for short. This is not something you want, because it can lead to your driving license being taken away for up to five years. Ouch, right?

Here’s how you could end up with this label:

  • If you get caught and convicted three times for serious stuff like driving under the influence (DUI).
  • Or, if you rack up 15 or more convictions for moving violations (like speeding or running red lights) where you get points on your license.

This rule is all about keeping the roads safe by keeping repeat offenders off them. But remember, laws can change, so what I’m telling you is based on the info I had up until January 2022. If you want the latest scoop or if something sounds confusing, it’s a good idea to check the most recent info from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, or even better, talk to a legal expert. They’ll have the newest updates and can explain things even better. Stay safe on the roads!

Attorney Laura Sterling

Attorney Laura Sterling

Attorney Laura Sterling is a highly accomplished legal professional with a unique background in social work. Miss Sterling's academic credentials include a Bachelor's Degree and a Master's Degree in Social Work, as well as licenses as a Clinical Social Worker and attorney in Florida.

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