By Meghan Bensted, Esq.
Now What?? You’ve been arrested for a DUI?
After being arrested for a DUI, the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) will automatically suspend you driver’s license but, for 10 days, your traffic ticket will serve as your “license” to drive on Florida’s highways. After 10 days, your driving privileges will be suspended, so you must request a DMV administrative hearing within (10) days of your arrest. At that hearing, you can ask for a hardship license, authorizing you to drive to the grocery store, the laundry, to work and to school. If you fail to do so, your license could be suspended for up to one year, and the request for a hardship license may be denied for an extended time!
You should always request an administrative review and always bring a lawyer with you to that hearing. This hearing is extremely important and gives your lawyer a chance to hear the evidence the police have against you.
This is because, in Florida, the penalties related to a DUI offense are serious, and the penalties accumulate with every additional conviction. Did you know, if you have a few serious traffic violations and then get charged with a DUI you could be classified as a “habitual traffic offender,” and there is a possibility you could lose your license for five years?! Therefore,
- Don’t plead guilty or no contest to drunk driving until you’ve had a DUI defense attorney look at your case.
- Don’t pay traffic tickets without talking with a lawyer – By doing so you may be admitting guilt to a serious driving violation.
Time is of the essence. Contact Myers & Associates for an immediate free case review. Your review will be confidential and is offered at no cost or obligation.