How to Reinstate Your Florida Drivers License After DUI Arrest

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How to get your license back after a DUI

If you were arrested in Jacksonville for driving under the influence of a controlled substance or alcohol (DUI), you are likely concerned about your drivers license.  A Jacksonville DUI arrest will cause your Florida drivers license to be suspended.  You have the right to an administrative hearing before the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV).  If you would like a hearing, you must make this request within 10 days of your arrest.

If this is your first DUI, you are probably wondering how to reinstate your drivers license. For a first DUI (misdmeanor), the standard revocation period is 6 months. If you refused breath/urine testing, your license will be suspended for 1 year.  If you want a hardship license, there is generally a waiting period.  If you submitted to a breath/urine test, the waiting period is 30 days.  If you refused testing, the waiting period is 90 days.  You can avoid this waiting period if you waive your right to an administrative hearing.  If a first time offender waives his or her right to a DUI administrative hearing, he or she may be able to receive a hardship drivers license immediately. There is a catch.  By waiving your right to the administrative hearing, you are not able to challenge the DUI suspension.  This could hurt you in the long run, so you want to speak to your Jacksonville criminal lawyer first.

If you have been arrested for driving under the influence, you likely have a lot of questions.  You should considering hiring a Jacksonville criminal lawyer to defend you.  To speak to a Jacksonville criminal attorney, call (904) 564-2525 or send an email by clicking on Find a Lawyer.

The DHSMV’s website also gives information about reinstating your license.  For instance, if you want to know how to reinstate your license after a Florida DUI conviction, the website states:

Before expiration of the revocation period, you may apply for a hardship license in the county where you live. DUI School completion and treatment, if referred, is required. You then can apply for a hardship license in any Administrative Reviews Office…. If you wait to reinstate your license until your revocation period ends, proof of enrollment or completion of DUI School and treatment, if referred, is required. Failure to complete the course within 90 days after reinstatement will result in cancellation of your driver license by the department until the course is completed.  Failure to complete treatment may result in cancellation of your driver license. At the time of reinstatement, whether for a hardship license or a full license, you must take the required examination, and pay an Administrative fee and revocation reinstatement fee and any license fee required.”

The website also covers how to reinstate your license if you refused to submit to a breath or urine test.  According to the Florida DHSMV:

“You will be given a 10-day permit on the date of arrest and when the permit expires must serve 90 days of the suspension before the driver is eligible to apply for a hardship license on the first suspension. No hardship license is permitted if you have refused to submit two or more times. You must provide proof of enrollment in a DUI School to the Administrative Reviews Office…. for consideration for a hardship license. If given approval to reinstate early for hardship, you must present this approval to the driver license office . Failure to complete the course within 90 days after reinstatement will result in cancellation of your driver license by the department until the course is completed. Treatment, if referred, is required. Failure to complete treatment will result in cancellation of your driver license. If you reinstate after your revocation period ends, you must provide proof of DUI School enrollment or completion to the driver license office. Failure to complete the course within 90 days after reinstatement will result in cancellation of your driver license by the department until the course is completed. Treatment, if referred, is required. Failure to complete treatment may result in cancellation of your driver license.”

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