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Defendant pled nolo contendere to a misdemeanor driving with a suspended license charge in violation of Fla. Stat. 322.34(2) and was sentenced to a term of probation. On the same day, the state attorney filed an information charging Defendant with a violation of the felony unlawful driving as a habitual traffic offender statute, Fla. Stat. 322.34(5). Defendant filed a motion to dismiss the information, arguing that it violated Florida's prohibition against double jeopardy. The circuit court granted Defendant's motion to dismiss the felony information. The court of appeal reversed. The Supreme Court quashed the decision of the court of appeal and concluded that the trial court properly granted the motion to dismiss the felony information, holding that dual prosecutions under (2) and (5) of section 322.34 are both statutorily and constitutionally prohibited.