Anyone who drives in the state of Florida should be well aware that the legal minimum blood-alcohol level for presumed impairment is .08. This means that if you are ever pulled over while driving and an officer suspects you’ve been drinking and submits you to blood-alcohol level tests that result in a .08 level or higher, you will be charged with DUBAL (Driving with an Unlawful Blood Alcohol Level).
What happens if you get charged?
If you find yourself being charged with a DUBAL, there are a number of consequences you may face as a result. These consequences will directly impact your ability and freedom to drive. To begin, your license will be suspended until a review hearing to challenge it is either filed or waived. This suspension can last for up to 6 months if this is a first offense. If you must have a license for work reasons, you may apply for a strict limited permit.
If your review hearing is unfavorable, you will not be able to drive at all for 30 days, after which your license is eligible to be reinstated. If your license has been suspended, the best way to proceed with applying for reinstatement is to contact a qualified and successful DUBAL attorney you can trust.
What can you do if your license is suspended?
If your license is suspended but you need to drive in order to maintain your employment or education, you are eligible to apply for limited reinstatement via a hardship license. Not everyone qualifies, however. Here is a quick general checklist to help you see if you qualify:
If the term of your driving probation has come to an end, then you only need to prove you completed any required courses and the required examination. If you are unsure of whether or not you qualify for a hardship license or how to proceed when it’s time to reinstate your license, your best bet is to contact your personal attorney.
Still have questions?
Please call us for a free appointment with Miami business attorney Yoel Molina in our Miami office at 305-548-5020.