If you are a habitual traffic offender, also referred to as an “HTO,” you are likely in serious jeopardy of losing your license, if you haven’t already. If you are convicted of any of the three following offenses within a 5-year period, you may face a 5-year suspension of your driving privileges by the State of Florida and labeled a habitual traffic offender:

· Manslaughter resulting from the operation of a motor vehicle

· Driving while under the influence of alcohol

· Commission of any felony in which a motor vehicle is used

· Driving while your license is suspended or revoked

· Failing to stop and render aid or leaving the scene of an accident resulting in personal injury or death

Receipt of 15 moving violations within a 5-year period also labels you as an HTO and suspends your driving privileges for 5 years.

Don’t be fooled into thinking that simply paying the associated fines will restore your full driving privileges. You are clearly in violation of very serious offenses, many of which include prosecution, which can hang over you for a very long time. However, our experienced Traffic Law Firm attorneys can help you navigate the legal landmines and, in many cases, legally put you back behind the wheel again.


When I suddenly found myself facing a large traffic fine and the possibility that I might get points against my driver’s license, I asked Alain Rivas to represent me before the Orange County Traffic Court. Mr. Rivas was immediately very reassuring to my wife and me. He helped to put us at ease. My case was handled with the utmost professionalism, and the Traffic Law Firm staff was always available and helpful. I’ve never needed a defense attorney before–and I hope I never do again (!), but if I do I certainly will not hesitate before going right to Mr. Rivas again. He and his staff impressed me a great deal, and I heartily recommend them to anyone who needs help when charged with a traffic offense. To them I say “Thank you, one and all.

by Sam Fogel