Habitual Traffic Offender (HTO)
Under Florida Statute 322.264, a Habitual Traffic Offender is defined as any person who has a certain number of convictions for the below offenses within a 5-year period:
(1) THREE OR MORE convictions of any one or more of the following offenses:
(a) Voluntary or involuntary manslaughter resulting from the operation of a motor vehicle;
(b) Any violation of DUI;
(c) Any felony in the commission of which a motor vehicle is used;
(d) Driving a motor vehicle while his or her license is suspended or revoked (DWLS);
(e) Failing to stop and render aid as required under the laws of this state in the event of a motor vehicle crash resulting in the death or personal injury of another; or
(f) Driving a commercial motor vehicle while his or her privilege is disqualified.
(2) FIFTEEN convictions for moving traffic offenses (infractions) for which points may be assessed.
Being classified as a Habitual Traffic Offender is a very serious designation that causes a person to lose their license for 5 years (322.27(5)). If you or someone you know has been classified as a Habitual Traffic Offender, it is in your/their best interest to contact an experienced attorney immediately.