DUI Hardship Licenses
Fort Lauderdale DUI Defense Attorney
If you have been arrested for drunk driving in Florida, you have only 10 days in which to set an administrative review hearing with the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to contest the suspension of your driving privileges. It is important to never make any decisions regarding your driver's license without being represented by an experienced DUI defense lawyer. There are many considerations that must be taken into account with regard to your seeking of a Hardship license. With all criminal cases, but DUI cases especially, it is crucial that you retain an experienced attorney as soon as possible after you are arrested. Fort Lauderdale DUI defense attorney Antonio D. Quinn, Esq. provides representation to drivers who have been arrested for DUI during all stages of the legal process. Attorney Quinn has extensive experience handling DMV administrative review hearings in Broward County. Do not make decisions which could impact your criminal record or your ability to drive without being represented by an experienced and aggressive DUI defense lawyer.
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Hardship Licenses in Florida
The first time that a person is arrested for DUI, Florida law permits the driver to apply for a hardship or "business only" driver's license so that they can use their vehicle for performing essential life functions such as travelling to work while their DUI case is pending. Proof of enrollment in a Level 1 DUI school is required before a hardship license will be issued. Hardship licenses are generally not available for drivers who are being charged with a second or third DUI.
When a person is arrested for DUI, their driver's license is confiscated and the DUI citation serves as a permit to drive to 10 days. During the 10 day period, the driver must decide whether or not they are going to seek an administrative review hearing with the DMV in order to contest the suspension of their driver's license. It is wise to retain the service of an experienced and aggressive DUI defense lawyer before your hearing, because a successful result at your administrative review hearing means that your driving privileges will be fully reinstated while your case is pending.
The Administrative Review Hearing
If a driver elects to have a hearing and is not successful in convincing the DMV hearing officer that there was no probable cause for their DUI arrest, then the driver will be required to serve a period of "hard time" during which the driver is not eligible for a hardship license and is not permitted to operate a motor vehicle under any circumstances for a period ranging from 30 to 90 days depending upon whether or not their was a refusal to a blood, breath or urine test. Many driver's may be tempted to elect to waive their right to a hearing because they are eager to obtain a hardship license so that they can use their vehicle to get to work. It is crucial to never make a decision regarding whether or not to waive the administrative review hearing without being represented by an experienced DUI defense attorney. There are consequences to waiving your right to a hearing which you may not fully realize without the counsel of an attorney. Every DUI case is different and the circumstances of your particular case may require a different course of action than someone else's in order to achieve a successful result. Quinn Law, P.A. offers free case evaluations for drivers who are being charged with DUI. Don't try and deal with the DMV alone. Ft. Lauderdale DUI defense attorney Antonio D. Quinn, Esq. will use his knowledge and experience to protect your driving privileges. Contact Quinn Law, P.A. today for a free case evaluation at (844) DUI-LAW4and take the first step towards reinstating your driving privileges andputting your DUI arrest behind you.