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No driver's license? No felony, Florida court rules

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Posted at 1:42 PM, Sep 28, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-28 13:42:00-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Want to avoid felony charges in Florida for repeatedly driving with a revoked license? Don't bother getting a driver's license at all.

The Florida Supreme Court ruled Thursday that drivers can't be charged enhanced penalties for habitually violating traffic laws if they never obtained a license to begin with - an argument state lawyers said makes no sense.

Daryl Miller was facing up to five years in prison under a law that makes it a third-degree felony for being caught three or more times driving a motor vehicle while a suspended or revoked license. But Miller never obtained a license and the Supreme Court noted that the law doesn't have language addressing that scenario.

It ruled that Miller could only be charged a second-degree misdemeanor for each infraction.

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