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Driver’s license suspensions for theft crimes

On Behalf of | Apr 13, 2022 | Theft Offenses |

Florida law provides the courts with a unique option to punish minors for crimes such as theft and robbery. The statute allows a judge to revoke a young person’s driver’s license when the person is guilty of a crime that deprives others of their rightful property. The revocation could replace other penalties that the defendant may prefer to avoid.

Florida law and driver’s license suspensions and revocations

Under Florida law, the court may suspend or revoke a license as an alternative to sentencing someone under the age of 18 to probation. The court may order a license be withheld from a minor who has not yet reached the age to acquire one legally.

Defendants may not understand the difference between a suspension and a revocation. A suspended license takes driving privileges away for a specific timeframe. Once the time period ends, the suspension might then conclude. Revocations strip driving privileges away until the person becomes eligible to apply for a driver’s license once again.

Plea arrangements and criminal charges

A minor who has been charged with theft offenses could seek a plea agreement that asks for suspension or revocation instead of probation. For some, the inconveniences of not driving are preferable to dealing with a probation officer or having probation appearing on a criminal record.

Eliminating probation could keep the young person away from jail time for a probation violation. While it may not be advisable to break the law, as the defendant would face further consequences for repeat offenses, the license revocation or suspension keeps the minor from dealing with the probation/justice system bureaucracy and requirements.

Those who did not commit any theft or robbery charges could mount a defense in court. The defendant may receive a not guilty verdict if the prosecutor cannot prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.