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Q. “How can they suspend my license for five (5) years just for tickets?!” A. “Three strikes and you’re NOT necessarily out,” explains John M. Castellano

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“They CAN’T, *if your lawyer gets the name or listed charge on the tickets changed, negotiating a ‘change of charge’ as I will explain.” — Florida criminal lawyer John Castellano

“Your lawyer can now negotiate what is quietly being called a ‘Judge’s withhold,’ which is not even known to most lawyers, and if you score this particular ‘disposition’ or result of the charge, then it will NOT count as a ‘conviction’ in the court record — and if that’s the case, then neither will it count as a ‘conviction’ on your driving record that is then forwarded to Tallahassee, the State Capitol, which houses the infamous Department of Highway (DHSMV) Safety and Motor Vehicles, the agency that does the ‘suspending’ and ‘revocation’ of your drivers license.” — Ft. Lauderdale criminal defense attorney John Castellano

“In the old days — just a couple of years ago, the coveted disposition of ‘adjudication withheld’ was the lifeline that guarded against a revocation of your drivers license; but today, an ‘adjudication withheld’ is unfortunately NOT enough, as it is being treated the SAME as a ‘conviction’ or an ‘adjudication’ these days. This is why a ‘Judge’s Withhold’ is what your lawyer needs to score for you! inasmuch as THIS unique new animal or disposition of the offense, will NOT count as a ‘conviction.’ This is only available ONE (1) time, according to what the Judges are quietly saying, assuming your lawyer can get the prosecution — and better yet the Judge and Court itself, to work cooperatively with the defense in protecting your license.” — Ft. Lauderdale criminal attorney John Castellano

“If you are convicted of three (3) of a combination of *certain listed offenses within five (5) years, you’ll be considered a ‘Habitual Traffic Offender’ (‘HTO’) and lose your driving privileges (your license) for five (5) years! The litany of offenses – or any combination thereof, that will put you in this soup … and cause you to lose your license for five (5) years, include the more commonly known offenses such as, ‘DUI'(‘Driving Under the Influence’ of alcohol or a controlled substance), ‘driving (‘DWLS’) while license suspended’ and ‘Violation of a Restricted License.’ This is why your lawyer needs to negotiate for you, at a minimum’ a different charge — what’s commonly referred to as a ‘change of charge,’ for example, to ‘No Valid DL,’ which is not among those listed offenses that count toward the three (3) strikes rule, thereby protecting you from the consequences of the three (3) strikes rule, i.e., protecting you from losing your license for five (5) years.” — Ft. Lauderdale criminal defense lawyer John Castellano

“Your lawyer doesn’t need to wait five (5) years to score some relief for you. Your lawyer will work toward scoring you a ‘Hardship License’ but you will be without any driving privilege for one (1) year, insofar as a ‘Hardship License’ is only available *AFTER the expiration of the first (1st) year of this five (5) year revocation. Even then, a ‘Hardship License’ is essentially a ‘Business Purposes Only’ license, which is defined as allowing ‘driving necessary to maintain livelihood,’ i.e., further defined to allow you to drive yourself to work, YOURSELF to school, and YOURSELF to church; but it does NOT allow you to drive your kids to school, for example, and it does NOT allow you to drive to see your kids if you are divorced and attempting to enjoy your ‘visitation’ rights.” — Ft. Lauderdale DUI lawyer John Castellano

Please feel free to call me anytime at the law office at 954 766 8810, and I will be more than happy and honored to help you and your friends and loved ones with these or any other legal issues. I am,

Always there for you and your family,

John Castellano

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About the Author:

John M. Castellano is a Fort Lauderdale criminal defense attorney who has helped thousands of clients throughout Florida. While building a reputation as a premiere Fort Lauderdale DUI attorney, Mr. Castellano has worked tirelessly to develop strategies to best protect the rights of those arrested for DUI in Broward, Dade and West Palm. However, Mr. Castellano is not just a drunk driving lawyer. He has been a successful domestic violence attorney, drug trafficking attorney, as well as all other Felony and Misdemeanor cases.

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