If there is one consequence that people tend to underestimate following a Florida driving under the influence (DUI) charge, it is the mandatory license suspension. People take for granted that they will be able to live their lives as normal even when they don’t have driving privileges.
It may only require a week or two without a license for someone to realize how wrong that assumption actually is. People depend on having their own transportation for many aspects of modern life. Losing your license for a minimum of 180 days for a first offense could cause massive disruptions to your career or lead to thousands of dollars in transportation expenses.
How can you potentially regain your license after a DUI charge in Florida?
You can request a business or employment reinstatement
First-time DUI offenses do carry a mandatory license suspension, but there is an option for regaining your driving privileges without waiting half a year, possibly longer. Provided that you run a business or have a job, you may qualify for license reinstatement.
You can secure restricted driving privileges that allow you to fulfill basic requirements, like getting to and from work every day. What steps you have to take to secure reinstatement depend on your driving record. If this was your first DUI charge, you will likely have to complete DUI school and attend a hearing.
A first offender with an unusually high blood alcohol concentration may have to install an ignition interlock device (IID) to regain their license.
Repeat offenders also need IIDs
A straightforward reinstatement is no longer an option when someone has prior DUI charges on their record or if the crash resulted in a fatality. Individuals with prior DUI convictions will typically have to install an IID to retain driving privileges before the end of their suspension.
Attending a hearing and building a case to show that you deserve restricted privileges can be a challenge let you may not overcome without assistance. Professional help may increase your chances of avoiding a conviction or regaining your driving privileges.
Understanding the consequences of a Florida DUI charge can help you minimize the penalties that you will face for those charges.