Florida Man Arrested For Driving On Suspended License

Jacksonville’s citizens do things that they think are fun, regardless of the legality. Unfortunately for those who do such illegal activities, the cost can be tremendous. For many, this can be as simple as driving on a suspended license, If one has been charged with this offense, one should obtain an experienced attorney to fight the case and ensure one’s rights are protected.

According to Boca News Now, John Derosalia of Boca Raton was arrested after he was operating his vehicle with a license that had been suspended for six months. Derosalia was on probation for selling and making opium and possession of a controlled substance. The news source has stated that if one is wanted, fleeing police, or hiding in plain sight, to not break the law. wpid-Photo-Sep-28-2012-335-PM.jpg

The great majority of arrests in Jacksonville are for driving charges. About 60% of the arrests are for driving on a suspended license in Jacksonville (also called DWLS). Even though DWLS arrests rarely carry any jail time and are non-violent, JSO officers still make these arrests.

In order to prove the crime of driving on a suspended license in Jacksonville, the prosecutor has to prove the accused was driving and that their license was suspended. An officer just has to run tags to see if the individual who is registered to the car has a suspended license. Once the officer pulls the car over and discovers the individual driving does not have a good license, the officer can issue a ticket or make an arrest.

If one has three or more driving on a suspended license citations in a five year period, one’s license could be suspended for five years. If this happens, one will be designated a “Habitual Traffic Offender”. Even if one of the convictions is a Driving on a Suspended License “Without Knowledge”, one can still qualify as a habitual traffic offender. Often, a person pays the civil infraction for DWLS and forgets about the ticket. They do not realize this qualifies as a prior conviction under the Habitual Offender statute.

If one has four DUI convictions, one’s license is suspended for life. Driving on a Permanent Suspension is a third degree felony and is punishable for up to 5 years in prison. The vehicle one was driving can be seized under Florida law if it was used in the commission of a felony, or if one drove on a DUI suspension and got a new arrest for a DUI. The same may apply to drug related arrests involving driving impaired.

In many cases like this, the accused will run away from police because they are probably aware of their fugitive status and are not wanting to go to jail. Even though it is the human instinct to run when faced by the possibility of one’s freedoms being stripped, when one is caught, one is caught. Furthermore, the police can only temporarily deprive one of one’s rights. However, one can permanently control the ability of the police and the legal system control the outcome of one’s case.

One can either hope that the system is fair and treats one with the dignity of a citizen that is expected under the Constitution, or one can obtain an experienced Jacksonville traffic violations defense attorney to fight for one’s case and ensure one’s rights and defenses are known and protected. One should not have to face an army of difficult legal problems alone. One needs an experienced attorney.


The Forbess Law Firm has been aiding clients who face criminal charges in Jacksonville for years and are here to provide aggressive criminal defense to anyone accused of a crime. If you or a loved one require a Jacksonville criminal defense lawyer, contact our firm today. We are available through our website or by calling us at 904-634-0900.

Additional Source: Boca Man On Probation Arrested For Driving Without License, Boca News Now