If you have been arrested for DUI, then you are currently at risk of losing your driver's license. Even if you didn't cause property damage or bodily injury, your license could be suspended for six months to a maximum of one year. For a second DUI conviction within the last five years, your license will be revoked for a minimum of five years. If you have been arrested for DUI, you should contact a Fort Myers criminal defense lawyer from Calvo & Calvo, Attorneys at Law without delay.
When you are arrested for DUI in Florida, your driver's license is immediately confiscated by the police and suspended. You are then given a citation to drive to and from work or school for the following ten days. If you wish to drive beyond those ten days, you will need to obtain a temporary permit. In order to do so, you must file for an administrative review hearing. The average person may not be aware of this small window and failure to follow proper protocol can result in the inability to drive for at least the next six months. This is a critical time to hire a lawyer because your attorney will be able to legally defend you at this hearing and fight for your right to drive.
You have just ten days to apply for the administrative hearing, if you fail to apply for the administrative hearing within the ten day time frame, then you will lose your right to contest your driver's license suspension. The way it works is: if you blew over .08%, then you will get an automatic six month license suspension.
At Calvo & Calvo, Attorneys at Law, we can build a case for the best defense given your circumstances. We understand how difficult life would be if you lost your license. In some cases, it may be possible to get your driver's license reinstated for hardship purposes, meaning that you would only be allowed to drive to and from work. You would have to complete a DUI program within 90 days of receiving your hardship license, and you may be required to have an ignition interlock device installed in your vehicle for up to two years or more.
Once your license is reinstated, you will be required to pass an examination, pay the administrative fee, the reinstatement fee, and any license fee that may be required. Furthermore, you will be required to show proof of liability insurance from the date of the arrest and proof of current liability coverage.
If you have been arrested for DUI, then you should hire an attorney immediately. We can act fast to schedule your administrative hearing within the ten days of your arrest. We will pursue an extended driving permit which should allow you to drive for another 30 to 45 days pending your hearing. If you are successful at your hearing, you should be able to get your license back. If you lose at the hearing, we can work to have your license reinstated for hardship purposes, which can allow you to drive to and from work so you don't run the risk of losing your ability to earn a living as well.
To start taking action to retain your driving privileges, contact a Fort Myers criminal attorney today!