If you or someone in your family has recently been charged with a DUI, you likely have a lot of questions about your license suspension and how long it will last. In Florida, some of the strictest DUI laws on the books in the country exist. That means anyone who operates a vehicle in Florida would do well to know more about the possible penalties for getting charged with a DUI, including the length of suspension.
After You Get Arrested
Although your license will be suspended upon arrest for a DUI, you will be granted a temporary, 10-day license during which time you must consult with your attorney to make sure you have a DHSMV hearing requested. At this hearing you can:
1. Fight the suspension of your license, or
2. Apply for a specific business license to allow you limited ability to drive during your suspension
Suspension Length by Conviction Number
The length of your suspension depends on the number of times you’ve had a DUI and the severity of any other related crimes:
· A first time conviction carries a minimum of 180 days of suspension and a maximum of a year.
· If you are underage, the minimum is 6 months, or a year for a refusal to take tests
· Second conviction in 5 years: The minimum is 5 years. You can apply for a hardship license after 1 year
· Third conviction in 10 years: The minimum is 10 years. You can apply for a hardship license after 2 years
· Fourth Conviction: Permanent Suspension with no chance of a hardship license
· DUI Manslaughter: Permanent Suspension. If it’s your first offense, you can apply for a hardship license after 5 years.
Make Sure You Are Properly Represented
Perhaps the most important part of your DUI process if finding an experienced, compassionate, and successful Florida DUI Lawyer. From requesting a hearing, to representing yourself in court, to helping you get the best possible outcome, I can help with each step of the process. There’s no need to face a DUI alone, call today!
Still have questions?
Please call us for a free appointment with Miami business attorney Yoel Molina in our Miami office at 305-548-5020.