Automatic License Suspension
If you have been arrested for DUI, your driver’s license will automatically suspended for at least 6 months by the Department of Highway Safety & Motor Vehicles (DHSMV). You must contest the license suspension and file for a hearing with the DHSMV within 10 days of your arrest. If you do not file for a hearing within 10 days of the arrest, you will lose your opportunity to contest the suspension. The DHSMV hearing does not determine if you will face criminal penalties for DUI, it only determines whether or not you will retain your driving privileges. If you are successful at getting the license reinstated at the DHSMV hearing, you may still lose your driving privileges if later found guilty in the criminal DUI hearing. Therefore, it is important to have competent legal representation during both your DHSMV and criminal DUI hearing.
If you have been arrested for DUI, contact Florida Law Advisers, P.A. to speak with a DUI lawyer right away. A Tampa DUI attorney at our firm can request a DHSMV hearing on your behalf, help you get a temporary hardship license while your hearing with the DMSHV is pending, and represent you throughout the DHSMV and criminal DUI process.
Possible Penalties for a Misdemeanor First Offense DUI:
-Prison sentence up to 6 months
-Fines up to $1,000
-Driver’s license suspension for up to 1 year
-Probation for up to 1 year
-Up to 50 hours of community service
-10 day vehicle impoundment
-6 month ignition interlock device installation
Under Florida DUI law, most DUI arrests will be charged as a misdemeanor. However, a number of factors may result in harsher penalties than those listed above, and even escalate the existing charge to a felony DUI charge. A felony DUI will result in more severe penalties for the driver than a misdemeanor DUI. For instance, you may be charged with a felony DUI if you caused serious bodily injury to another person while you were operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol, even if it is your first DUI offense.
Contact an Experienced Florida DUI Lawyer
The Tampa DUI attorneys at our firm are experienced and skilled at all stages of a criminal DUI arrest and DHSMV hearing. We carefully scrutinize every detail of a case to identify any potential errors by police, violations of constitutional rights, mishandling of evidence, or sloppy police work that we can use to help our clients. If the police committed an error during your arrest or violated your constitutional rights, you may be entitled to get the charges against you dropped in their entirety. If you have questions about your DUI arrest or would like a free case review, contact us today by phone, website form, or email to speak with a DUI lawyer.