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. Christopher Zrimsek November 13, 2019 at 3:59 pm · · Reply

    I live in Hernando county and I am struggling without a driver’s license because I owe Pasco County court cost. I currently have a job at UPS part time and it’s all I can do to get there, sometimes I have to walk. Is there any program or organization that can or will help? I don’t mind paying as long as I can afford it. Any help with this matter would be greatly appreciated.

    • Hi Christopher, Thanks for reaching out. At present, our program is only available to people who have court costs, fees or fines that originate in either Orange, Osceola or Seminole counties. You might check with your local clerk of courts office for a program called Operation Green Light. https://www.flclerks.com/page/greenlight

  2. My license has been suspended for years due to court costs and fines totalling over $5,000. I recently was released from prison 6 weeks ago, and don’t know where to turn. My fines are here in Pinellas county, and one in Sarasota county. I don’t know what to do, and of course all the courts want us money. Please help

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