Habitual Traffic Offender in Florida

Florida HTO Defense

Bryce Fetter is an experienced criminal defense lawyer and former suspended license prosecutor who defends all driving with license suspended (DWLS) cases in Orange County and Seminole County, Fla. We also help people remove the habitual traffic offender (HTO) designation from their driving record. We have handled thousands of driving with license suspended and habitual traffic offender cases. We believe in hard work, personalized representation and doing whatever necessary to reinstate your license and avoid a DWLS conviction.

Experienced and Personalized Representation

Call Bryce Fetter at 407.740.7275 for a free consultation. In addition to keeping extended business hours our office is open every Saturday. When you call our criminal traffic law firm, you will speak with Bryce Fetter. Additionally, once retained, you have direct access to your criminal defense lawyer as every client has Bryce Fetter’s personal cell phone number. Bryce Fetter will personally handle all aspects of your case. You will be able to call, text or email him directly and your case will not be assigned to a less-experienced attorney. Bryce Fetter is the only attorney that will speak to you on the phone, meet you in person and attend court with you. Your case will get his full attention.

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The Habitual Traffic Offender (HTO) Designation

If you received a letter from the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) that you driver’s license has been or is about to be revoked or suspended for a five-year period as a Florida Habitual Traffic Offender (HTO), then contact the Bryce Fetter for a free evaluation of your case. We help people remove prior suspended license convictions in Orange County, Fla. and the surrounding counties so that the five-year revocation disappears.

In order to review your case, we need to see either a copy of your driving record or your HTO revocation letter listing the three predicate offenses so we can determine which underlying convictions caused the five year revocation and what prior convictions need to be challenged and removed. Time is of the essence because certain deadlines exist in these cases which can potentially block certain defenses.

Removing the HTO Designation From Your Driving Record

No matter what you have been told, it may be possible to get your Florida driver’s license reinstated much sooner than you think if you hire an attorney to go back to court to attack one of those three predicate convictions that caused you to be classified as a habitual traffic offender. Through a articles-conviction motion we can move the court to remove a previously entered suspended license conviction.

If such a conviction is vacated and removed from your record, then DHSMV will remove your five-yer HTO revocation. Then as long as there are no other active suspensions on your driver’s license, your license will be valid once again. By removing your HTO suspension you may be able to save your privilege to drive, as well as thousand’s of dollars a year in increased insurance premiums.

Defending Your HTO Case in Criminal Court

DWLS HTO cases can be classified as either a felony or a misdemeanor. Florida Statute 322.34(10) provides an avenue where felony HTO cases can be downgraded to a misdemeanor offense based on the reason for the HTO designation. This relatively new amendedment to the DWLS statute allows many people changed with a first time HTO offense to avoid felony court and a felony conviction.

How the HTO Revocation Occurs

To be classified as a habitual traffic offender in Florida your driving record must show you have accumulated three major traffic convictions in a five-year period. In many instances, the HTO suspension results merely from three driving with a suspended license convictions. These DWLS convictions can be civil, criminal or any combination thereof.

Fighting to Remove Your 5 Year HTO Suspension

You can fight to remove the HTO status with the help of an attorney who is experienced in fighting Florida Habitual Traffic Offender (HTO) revocations.

Fighting to remove the HTO revocation depends on timing issues because different legal challenges can be filed within 30 days after you receive the notice, within 60 days after you were convicted of the last driving offense or ticket, or even within two (2) years after you were convicted of the last offense or ticket.

Many people are surprised to learn that they have up to two years after their conviction to file a motion to vacate or set-aside a conviction that cause the Florida habitual traffic offender five year revocation.

Contact us today to preserve all avenues of attack to remove the underlying offenses that caused your HTO status. Find out how a motion to vacate could potentially cause the HTO status to be lifted so that the driver’s license again becomes valid without any restrictions.

Call 407-740-7275 for a Free Driving Record Review

Simply put, our goal is to get your license and keep your license. Call our Orange County criminal traffic law firm at 407-740-7275 to speak directly with an experienced driving with revoked license attorney in Winter Park, Fla. regarding your pending HTO DWLS issue.

Florida HTO Defense

Bryce Fetter is an experienced criminal defense lawyer and former suspended license prosecutor who defends all driving with license suspended (DWLS) cases in Orange County and Seminole County, Fla. We also help people remove the habitual traffic offender (HTO) designation from their driving record. We have handled thousands of driving with license suspended and habitual traffic offender cases. We believe in hard work, personalized representation and doing whatever necessary to reinstate your license and avoid a DWLS conviction.

Experienced and Personalized Representation

Call Bryce Fetter at 407.740.7275 for a free consultation. In addition to keeping extended business hours our office is open every Saturday. When you call our criminal traffic law firm, you will speak with Bryce Fetter. Additionally, once retained, you have direct access to your criminal defense lawyer as every client has Bryce Fetter’s personal cell phone number. Bryce Fetter will personally handle all aspects of your case. You will be able to call, text or email him directly and your case will not be assigned to a less-experienced attorney. Bryce Fetter is the only attorney that will speak to you on the phone, meet you in person and attend court with you. Your case will get his full attention.

license plate

The Habitual Traffic Offender (HTO) Designation

If you received a letter from the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) that you driver’s license has been or is about to be revoked or suspended for a five-year period as a Florida Habitual Traffic Offender (HTO), then contact the Bryce Fetter for a free evaluation of your case. We help people remove prior suspended license convictions in Orange County, Fla. and the surrounding counties so that the five-year revocation disappears.

In order to review your case, we need to see either a copy of your driving record or your HTO revocation letter listing the three predicate offenses so we can determine which underlying convictions caused the five year revocation and what prior convictions need to be challenged and removed. Time is of the essence because certain deadlines exist in these cases which can potentially block certain defenses.

Removing the HTO Designation From Your Driving Record

No matter what you have been told, it may be possible to get your Florida driver’s license reinstated much sooner than you think if you hire an attorney to go back to court to attack one of those three predicate convictions that caused you to be classified as a habitual traffic offender. Through a articles-conviction motion we can move the court to remove a previously entered suspended license conviction.

If such a conviction is vacated and removed from your record, then DHSMV will remove your five-year HTO revocation. Then as long as there are no other active suspensions on your driver’s license, your license will be valid once again. By removing your HTO suspension you may be able to save your privilege to drive, as well as thousand’s of dollars a year in increased insurance premiums.

Defending Your HTO Case in Criminal Court

DWLS HTO cases can be classified as either a felony or a misdemeanor. Florida Statute 322.34(10) provides an avenue where felony HTO cases can be downgraded to a misdemeanor offense based on the reason for the HTO designation. This relatively new amendment to the DWLS statute allows many people changed with a first time HTO offense to avoid felony court and a felony conviction.

How the HTO Revocation Occurs

To be classified as a habitual traffic offender in Florida your driving record must show you have accumulated three major traffic convictions in a five-year period. In many instances, the HTO suspension results merely from three driving with a suspended license convictions. These DWLS convictions can be civil, criminal or any combination thereof.

Fighting to Remove Your 5 Year HTO Suspension

You can fight to remove the HTO status with the help of an attorney who is experienced in fighting Florida Habitual Traffic Offender (HTO) revocations.

Fighting to remove the HTO revocation depends on timing issues because different legal challenges can be filed within 30 days after you receive the notice, within 60 days after you were convicted of the last driving offense or ticket, or even within two (2) years after you were convicted of the last offense or ticket.

Many people are surprised to learn that they have up to two years after their conviction to file a motion to vacate or set-aside a conviction that cause the Florida habitual traffic offender five year revocation.

Contact us today to preserve all avenues of attack to remove the underlying offenses that caused your HTO status. Find out how a motion to vacate could potentially cause the HTO status to be lifted so that the driver’s license again becomes valid without any restrictions.

Discussing Your Legal Options

At a free consultation, we can consider whether the following options may be available, depending on the facts and circumstances of your particular case:

Dismissing the Charge

We can move to dismiss all criminal charges against your or ask the prosecutor to reduce your felony HTO charge to either a misdemeanor offense or a civil infraction.

Avoiding Conviction

We can negotiate with the prosecutor and the court in an effort to secure a withhold of adjudication. This final disposition allows you to avoid a formal conviction, avoid any points on your license and avoid another period of suspension.

Seeking a Lenient Sentence

We can present the court with background information and mitigating evidence that may result in a more lenient case result.

Sealing Your Records

After your case is resolved, we can petition the court to seal or expunge all of the records relating to your HTO DWLS arrest and prosecution. This would require the clerk to destroy your court file and give you the legal right to truthfully state (with a few limited exceptions) that you had not been arrested or charged with the crime.

Call for a Free Driving Record Review

Simply put, our goal is to get your license and keep your license. Call our Orange County criminal traffic law firm at 407-740-7275 to speak directly with an experienced driving with revoked license attorney in Winter Park, Fla. regarding your pending HTO DWLS issue.

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