A person may not drive a motor vehicle upon a highway in Florida unless he or she has a valid driver’s license. Any person who retains a driver’s license because of employment or part-time residence shall, upon qualifying for a license in Florida, be issued a driver’s license which shall be valid within this state only. A person may not operate a motorcycle unless he or she holds a driver’s license that authorizes such operation. To prove the criminal offense of No Valid Driver’s License (NVDL), the State Attorney must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the criminal suspect drove a motor vehicle upon a highway in this state, and that at the time, he or she did not have a valid driver’s license recognized by the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles of the State of Florida. “Drive” means to operate or be in actual physical control of a motor vehicle in any place open to the general public for purposes of vehicular traffic. “Motor vehicle” means any vehicle which is self-propelled, including a “moped,” but not any vehicle moved solely by human power, motorized wheelchair or motorized bicycle. “Valid driver’s license” means a driver’s license recognized by the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles which has not expired, been suspended, revoked or canceled. “Street or Highway” means the entire width between the boundary lines of every way or place if any part thereof is open to the use of the public for purposes of vehicular traffic. “Expired” means the license was not renewed on or before the expiration date. “Suspended” means the privilege to drive a motor vehicle has been temporarily withdrawn. “Revoked” means the privilege to drive a motor vehicle has been terminated. “Canceled” means that a license has been declared void and terminated. “Actual physical control” of a motor vehicle means the defendant must be physically in or on the vehicle and have the capability to operate the vehicle, regardless of whether he or she is actually operating the vehicle at the time. NVDL is a criminal offense that demands the representation of a competent experienced criminal defense lawyer who will fight hard while representing you in criminal court against the State’s Attorney.
Criminal Defense Attorney Kenneth P. Hassett is experienced and familiar with this criminal offense and has been in practice in Miami Dade County, Fort Lauderdale, and Broward County since 1991. If you have been charged with the crime of NVDL or any other criminal offense in Miami Dade County, Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, or any other part of Florida, call Hassett and Associates, P.A. for a free consultation 24 hours per day seven days per week with a Miami or Fort Lauderdale criminal lawyer.
The information on this page does not represent legal advice. Florida Statues obtained from Online Sunshine, www.leg.state.fl.us, the official site of the Florida Legislature. Because the law is continually changing, some of the provisions contained herein may be out of date. It is always wise to seek counsel from an experienced criminal attorney like Kenneth Hassett.
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