Losing your driver’s license is just one of the many consequences you face after a driving under the influence arrest. Without a license, you’ll no longer be able to drop off your kids at school, drive to work or run any number of errands. Let’s take a look at what you need to do to get your driver’s license back after a DUI arrest.
First DUI Conviction
A first time offense can result in a suspension of 180 days, which is pretty serious time. If you happen to seriously harm someone, the suspension could increase to as much as 3 years. Before your suspension ends, you can apply for a hardship license, which is a restricted license that only allows you to make only crucial trips, such as to work or school.
If you want to reinstate your license you must first complete your DUI program and then wait 90 days. You must also take the state’s required exam, pay administrative ($13), revocation ($75), and basic license fees and prove that you have the right car insurance.
Second DUI Conviction
If your second DUI arrest occurs 5 years after your first, the penalties will be like as if you received a first-time DUI. If you are arrested within 5 years of your last offense, your license will be revoked for at least five years. After 1 year, you may request a hardship license. For reinstatement, you must complete your DUI program and you’ll also need a positive referral from the Special Services Program. You’ll also need to pay fees and purchase the same level of insurance as you did after your first arrest.
Third & Fourth DUI
A third offense will result in the state revoking your license anywhere from 180 days to 1 year if it occurs 10 years after your second offense. If the arrest occurs before that, your license will be suspended for 10 years. In Florida, you must wait at least 2 years before applying for a hardship license. Again, you will need to complete the required education and treatment programs, pay any outstanding fees and purchase the correct insurance. A fourth DUI will increase the time you can apply for a hardship license to 5 years.
If you have been arrested for a DUI and fear losing your license, contact our the Clearwater DUI lawyers at Tinny, Meyer & Piccarreto, P.A. today. Call (727) 245-9009 or contact us online to make an appointment.