A DUI carries very serious consequences, some of which are not criminal in nature. A conviction can lead to increased insurance rates and driver’s license suspensions in addition to any criminal penalties. A DUI conviction requires that you be adjudicated guilty, serve a probation term and lose your license. A conviction means you will not be eligible to have your criminal record sealed or expunged and it will appear on background check that may be required for housing or employment. DUI’s are complex matters and everything from the stop, to the arrest, Miranda warnings, and breath test issues, need to be explored by an experienced attorney.
Administrative Hearing with the DMV
Did you know that after you’re arrested for a DUI you might be entitled to a hardship license? If it is your first DUI arrest, Florida law provides automatic eligibility for a hardship license. If this is not your first DUI arrest, you may want to consider an administrative hearing to challenge your driver’s license suspension. An administrative hearing through the Florida Department of Motor Vehicles must be sought within 10 days of your arrest. This is your chance to keep your driving privilege while you fight your DUI charge. It is crucial to come in for a free consultation as soon as you post bond so a hearing can be requested within those 10 days. Please contact our experienced DUI attorneys at either of our convenient locations in Duval and Clay County.