Being arrested for DUI in Florida can be a very stressful and scary situation, especially when careers, relationships, education and freedom are at risk. For most First Time DUI Offenders, this is their first time every being arrested. Throughout my years as a South Florida DUI Attorney, many clients and potential clients have asked the following questions. The goal is to provide you with specific knowledge about Florida DUI Law. We hope you find these Florida DUI FAQs helpful:
What is the 10 Day Rule for DUI in Florida?
If you've been arrested for a DUI in Florida, you only have 10 days to save your license. If this is your First DUI Arrest you have two options.
Option 1 - You can request an Administrative Hearing (formal or informal) in order to determine if the officer had probable cause to arrest you for a DUI. You will receive a 42 day Business Purpose Only (Hardship) license immediately. If the hearing is lost, it could trigger a 30 or 90 day wait period to get another Hardship license.
Option 2 – You can forfeit your right to a review hearing in exchange for an immediate Business Purpose Only (Hardship) license that lasts the entire duration of the 6 or 12 month suspension for a First DUI. You must also enroll in DUI School before you can get the immediate hardship license.
If this is a Second DUI or more, then only option 1 is available.
Can I drive after I've been arrested for DUI in Florida?
Yes, so long as there is nothing else suspending your license. For the first 10 days after you've been arrested for DUI in Florida, your DUI ticket serves as a Business Purposes Only (Hardship) license. That means you can drive for any work related purpose during that 10 day period. You must act within the 10 day period to extend your hardship license or else you will lose it.
How long will a DUI stay on my Florida Driving Record?
A DUI conviction in Florida will stay on your criminal history forever and cannot be expunged or sealed. A DUI conviction in Florida will also stay on your Florida Driver's License for 75 years.