January 5, 2016
DUI License Suspensions
Florida DUI license suspensions are some of the harshest in the country. Therefore, you must hire a skilled attorney immediately to advise you on your license options. In Florida, you will certainly have your license suspended, and there are time limits for you to take action.
There are several ways that you can choose to handle your DUI license suspension, and you should consult with a competent Florida DUI attorney before making your choice.
Waiving your hearing is an option…but choose carefully.
You can waive your right to a hearing and not challenge your license suspension. If you tested over .08, then your license will be suspended for six months. If you refused the breath test, your license will be suspended for one year. If you give up your right to challenge your license suspension, the DMV no longer requires a “hard time” suspension. You are eligible immediately for a business purpose license if you meet other requirements.
Challenging your suspension.
You can choose to challenge your license suspension. The new rules make the hearings a bit easier to win, but if you lose, you will have a 30-day hard-time (“no driving of any kind”) suspension for a test over .08, and a 90-day hard time suspension for a refusal. This is just one reason to hire an attorney to represent you in your DUI case. This hearing may also allow your attorney to see the evidence against you early in the process.
To be considered for a hardship license, you must provide proof of enrollment in a DUI School to the Administrative Reviews Office. If approved to reinstate early for hardship, you must present this approval to the driver license office. Failure to complete the course within 90 days after reinstatement will result in cancellation of your driver license by the department until the course is completed. Treatment, if referred, is required. Failure to complete treatment will result in cancellation of your driver license.
At the time of reinstatement, whether for a hardship license or a full license, you must take the required examination, and pay an Administrative fee and suspension reinstatement fee and any license fee required. You must be able to show proof of the appropriate required coverage of bodily injury liability insurance if convicted of the DUI charge.
Contact Sampaio Legal to have your DUI license options explained in detail. Call (321) 800-3400 for a free DUI consultation.