Can I Regain My Driving Privileges After a DUI?

If you’ve been charged with DUI you understand how serious the charges are. One of the first considerations is how you’ll be able to drive again. Once you’ve been charged with DUI your driving privileges will be suspended until your court case. However, you can request an administrative hearing within ten days. This is done through the Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicle Department (FHSMV).

Administrative Hearing

An administrative hearing is separate from your court proceedings and is conducted by the FHSMV. You or your attorney must request a hearing immediately. If you fail to request a hearing within ten days you have given up your right to such a proceeding. The hearing is designed to allow you to present the reasons why you should maintain your driving privileges. It’s best to have your attorney attend the hearing to present your situation.

Driver’s License

If you have already been convicted of DUI you may have had your license suspended for a period of time. If your license is suspended your attorney can request a hearing to determine whether you are able to retain temporary driving privileges, also called a hardship license. A hardship license may allow you to drive for specific reasons. For example, it may allow you to drive to and from work.

What to Do If Your Driver’s License Has Been Suspended

First, speak to an experienced DUI attorney. Every case is different and has a unique set of circumstances. Your lawyer will review your situation and determine the best way to proceed. If you are eligible for a hardship license you’ll need to apply for one and provide information at a hearing. Your lawyer will help to strategize the best possible options for your case and help you every step of the way.