Florida’s harsh driver’s license suspensions draw Senate scrutiny

A recent article in the Tampa Bay Times cites many reasons other than driving offenses why Florida suffers from excessive driver’s license suspensions. One of the State Senators from Pinellas County, Jeff Brandes, has been working to rectify this issue through legislation.

“Under Brandes’ bill, the maximum suspension for a drug offense would be reduced from the current year to six months; make it easier for suspended drivers to get hardship licenses to drive to and from work; prohibit a license from being suspended solely for failure to pay a financial penalty; and require judges to ask about a person’s financial status before imposing a fine.”


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  1. Pierre Franceschi May 2, 2018 at 10:44 am · · Reply

    I have a suspended Drivers License and am trying to get it back but cannot pay the fines all at once. Can you please give me more information on how I can get it back.

    • Beth Kennedy May 4, 2018 at 1:35 am · · Reply

      Hi Pierre – Please join us on Saturday at the Northwest Community Center located at 3955 Wd Judge Road, Orlando, FL at 10am where we will assess your situation and if you meet the criteria, you can either enter into a new and affordable payment plan -or- sign up to serve community service hours in lieu of paying the fines.

  2. Jajuan bens June 30, 2018 at 9:53 am · · Reply

    My license is revoked for five years as a habitual offender is there a way i can get my license back or even a hardship? plus i owe court fines and have some things in collections

  3. Jamale Ruise March 9, 2019 at 12:36 pm · · Reply

    I had my drivers license suspended for child support but I’m currently working now and payments are being deducted how can I get my license back

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