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Habitual Traffic Offender

In Florida, a Habitual Traffic Offender (HTO) is an individual who has been convicted of a certain number of crimes or offenses that involved motor vehicles, within a five year period. If you have been classified as a habitual traffic offender, you may be subjected to fines, jail time, and a revocation of your driver’s license. It is important to contanct an experienced Destin traffic attorney who can assist you in your defense of these charges.

Destin Habitual Traffic Offender Lawyer

Contact Adkinson Law Firm, LLC for a consultation if you have been charged with being a habitual traffic offender in the Florida Panhandle, including the areas of DeFuniak Springs, Freeport, Vernon, Bonifay, Pensacola, Milton the surrounding areas. The attorneys of Adkinson Law Firm, LLC are experienced in dealing with habitual traffic offender cases and will help ensure that your rights are protected.

Call Clay Adkinson today at if you have been classified as habitual traffic offender. Your consultation is free, and will provide you with valuable information on how to defend yourself against these charges.


Florida's Driving Point System

Florida assigns a certain amount of points to the driving records of individuals, based on the type of offense they are convicted of. Individuals receive a higher amount of points for offenses deemed to be more serious.

According to Fla. Stat. § 322.27, the points for certain traffic offenses are as follows:

  • Toll violations — 3 points;
  • Improper child restraint violations — 3 points;
  • Driving 1-15 miles over the posted speed limit — 3 points;
  • Parking on a highway — 3 points;
  • Any other moving violation — 3 points;
  • Reckless driving — 4 points;
  • Driving during restricted hours — 4 points;
  • Running a red light — 4 points;
  • Vehicle crash due to a moving violation — 4 points;
  • Passing a stopped school bus — 4 points;
  • Driving 16 miles or more above the speed limit — 4 points;
  • Vehicle crash due to a speeding violation — 6 points; and
  • Leaving the scene of an accident that resulted in property damage worth $50 or more — 6 points.

If an individual receives a certain amount of points in a given period of time, his or her licensed can be suspended. The time periods, and suspensions are as follows:

  • 12 or more points in one year — 30 day driver’s license suspension;
  • 18 or more points in 18 months — 90 day driver’s license suspension; and
  • 24 or more points in three years — One year driver’s license suspension.

Habitual Traffic Offender Status in Florida

According to Fla. Stat. § 322.264, if an individual commits 15 or more traffic violations within five years, or is convicted of three or more of the following offenses in five years, he or she can be classified as a habitual traffic offender:

  • Leaving the scene of an accident;
  • Vehicular manslaughter;
  • Any DUI offense;
  • Driving with a suspended/revoked license;
  • Driving a commercial vehicle with a suspended/revoked license; and/or
  • Any felony vehicle offense.

Habitual traffic offenders can be subjected to a license suspension for up to five years, or even a permanent license revocation. 


Habitual Traffic Offenders Hardship License

Some individuals who have had their licenses suspended in Florida may be eligible for a hardship license. It is important to contact a knowledgeable defense attorney who is experienced in habitual traffic offender cases, and who may be able to assist you in applying for one.

Habitual traffic offenders who have had their licenses suspended are not eligible for a hardship license until after the first year of the suspension. After the first year, an attorney can file a position through the Administrative Review Office, which if granted, will allow his or her client to apply for a hardship license.


Adkinson Law Firm, LLC | South Walton HTO Attorney

If you have been classified as a Habitual Traffic Offender in Crestview, South Walton, Fort Walton Beach, Milton, Navarre, DeFuniak Springs, Panama City, and Pensacola, contact Adkinson Law Firm, LLC today. Clay Adkinson of Adkinson Law Firm, LLC is a committed DeFuniak Springs criminal defense attorney who will thoroughly review the facts of your case and make every effort to help you avoid losing your license for any period of time.

Contact Adkinson Law Firm, LLC today for a free consultation at or send an online message about your habitual traffic offender case.