Petit Theft DL Suspension

Let's face it: "We the People" have elected a legislature that has nothing better to do than to think up new ways to punish it's citizens. After reading this statute, it should become more clear why our government cannot manage it's finances or balance the budget--it's too busy fabricating new ways to make it even more difficult to maintain a job. 

Anyway, Section 812.0155 of the Florida Statutes, entitled "suspension of driver's license following an adjudication of guilt for theft," is just such a statute.  Our great State of Florida permits it's judges to order the suspension of the driver's license of any person convicted of a theft offense.  This breaks down as indicated below.... 

First offenders need not have their license suspended, it's optional.  The statute indicates that the judge "may order" the suspension of a first offender.  Also, the statute requires the theft charge be an adjudication of guilt, thus, a withhold of adjudication will not result in a DL suspension.  Another interesting fact about this statute is that the value of the item(s) stolen is irrelevant--a $1.25 cupcake can suspend your driver's license just as much as a $250 iPod.  A first conviction for petit theft permits a DL suspension for a period up to 6 months.  This phrase "up to 6 months" means that, in theory, a judge may issue a 30 day suspension, a 60 day suspension, or whatever period the judge sees fit.  But, upon entering the suspension, the statute requires the court to confiscate the driver's license of the person adjudicated guilty and forward the license to the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.  (with government efficiency at questionable levels, what are the chances of this going right??)

It gets worse for repeat offenders.  For those on their second (+) conviction for theft, the statute requires the court to issue a one year DL suspension--no more, no less.  And there's bad news for offenders under the age of 18, as the statute permits longer suspensions for the young offenders, without regard to whether or not adjudication was withheld. 
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