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No Valid Driver's License (NVDL)

Under Florida law, anyone operating a motor vehicle must have a valid driver's license. Florida Statute 322.03 provides for various punishments involving what is commonly referred to as "no valid driver's license" or "NVDL".

Anyone found guilty of driving without a valid driver's license in Florida is guilty of a second degree misdemeanor and can face up to 6 months' probation or 60 days in the county jail. Generally, the amount of punishment the prosecutor is seeking will depend on the amount of priors (prior criminal convictions) and whether there were any aggravating factors (such as an accident involving injury, an indication of substance abuse, etc.).

A no valid driver's license charge (322.03) is a criminal traffic charge. Although considered a "minor" criminal charge, it can still result in a misdemeanor criminal conviction that can have lasting consequences. For this reason, it may be important to have an attorney review your case.

What other license issues should I be aware of?

In order to drive a commercial vehicle in Florida, one must have a valid commercial driver's license issued by Florida. If a driver operates a commercial vehicle in Florida without a valid Florida commercial driver's license and is convicted, it is a first degree misdemeanor punishable by up to a year on probation or up to a year in county jail. Only a resident of Florida can get a Florida commercial driver's license.

Florida law also requires anyone that drives a motorcycle on a Florida street to have a motorcycle license. While this is not a totally different license than a regular driver's license, it is a special endorsement on a license indicating the person is eligible to drive a motorcycle. Getting a motorcycle endorsement requires a person to take a course and pass a test.

The attorneys at Soler & Slack, P.A. have handled hundreds of criminal traffic and driver's license charges. To discuss your particular case and to set up a free consultation, please call (941) 444-5128.

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