The state attorney’s office announced a new initiative called Keys 2 Drive in an effort to help Florida residents facing certain criminal charges related to driving obtain a valid driver’s license.
For thousands of people in the state of Florida, obtaining a legal driver’s license after a criminal traffic violation can be a challenge.
Many are thrown into a cycle of fines they can’t pay, which ultimately keep them from obtaining a valid driver’s license.
Others continue to drive on a bad license and will end up back in criminal court.
Today, State Attorney Melissa Nelson, the Duval County Clerk of Courts and Sheriff Mike Williams announced the initiative.
“Once a person obtains a driver's license, they can exit the cycle," Nelson said. "They find themselves caught in, and hopefully, not re-enter through arrest or citation.”
The Keys 2 Drive has the potential to help thousands get back on the road legally.
Eligible offenses would include:
- No valid driver's license.
- Expired driver's license.
- Improper driver's license.
- Misdemeanor driving while license suspended or revoked.
Those who are not eligible are:
- Sex offenders.
- People whose licenses were suspended because of major criminal traffic offenses.
- Non-Florida residents.
If you have a violation before May 21 and the case is still open, a judge will have to approve a defendant to go into the program.
Call Court Options to find out how to get into the program at 904-903-4293.
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