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Arrested For A DUI?

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Fort Lauderdale  DUI Laws Result In Serious Consequences

Talk to one of our experienced Fort Lauderdale DUI lawuers  and keep Your Freedom to Drive!

What Is A DUI Arrest?

You will be arrested on DUI charges if you  driving or in actual physical control of a vehicle within this state, and are  is under the influence of alcoholic beverages,
1.  Blood-alcohol level of 0.08 or more grams of alcohol per 100 milliliters of blood (over .08 BAC)
2. A breath-alcohol level of 0.08 or more grams of alcohol per 210 liters of breath (over .08 BrAC).

What Are the Fort Lauderdale Florida DUI Penalties?

The crime of DUI becomes a 3rd Degree Felony in situations when you have  previous DUI convictions within a certain period.

1st Offense (First) – Misdemeanor

Jail for up to 180 days;
Probation for up to 1 year (however; the total period of probation and incarceration may not exceed 1 year);
A fine of $250 – $500;
License suspension for 6 months – 1 year;
50 hours of community service (in the alternative may pay $10 per hour of community service);
DUI School, Level 1;
Your  car will be impounded for 10 days.

1st Offense Enhanced DUI (BAC Over .15%)– Misdemeanor

Jail for up to 270 days;
A fine of $500 – $1000;
An Interlock Ignition Device must be installed in Defendant’s car, and remain for up to 6 months.

 If you had a car accident while under the influence you may be sentenced to up to 364 days in jail.

Second Offense Florida DUI Laws & Penalties

Jail for up to 270 days;
Probation for up to 1 year;
A fine of $500 – $1000;
License suspension for 6 months – 1 year;
DUI School, Level 2;
All of the Defendant’s cars will be impounded for 10 days;
An Interlock Ignition Device must be installed in Defendant’s car, and remain for 1 year.

THere may be other more extreme penalties depending on the circumstances

Third (3rd) Offense

Jail for up to 364 days;
Probation for up to 1 year;
A fine of $1000 – $2500;
License suspension for 6 months – 1 year;
– DUI School, Level 2;
All of the Defendant’s cars will be impounded for 10 days;
The Interlock Ignition Device will be installed in Defendant’s car, and remain for 2 years.

There may be more extreme panalties depending on the circumstances

Fourth (4th) Offense – 3rd Degree Felony

Jail up to 5 years;
Probation for up to 5 years;
A fine of $1000 – $5000;

If you refused to take a breath, blood or urine test after being arrested for DUI in Fort Lauderdale, or if the results of the breath test were .08% blood-alcohol or above, the individual only has ten days to request a hearing in order to challenge the administrative suspension of your driver’s license.

The above is a basic overview.  The penalty  may be more extreme  depending on the length of time between the arrests and each circumstance. It is imperative that you speak to an experienced DUI lawyer in Fort Lauderdale Immediately.

 

DUI Lawyer, License Reinstatement After a DUI

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Get a Ft Lauderdale Drivers License reinstatement lawyer  after a conviction for Driving Under the Influence,DUI. Experienced Ft Lauderdale DUI defense and Drivers License Reinstatement lawyers

1st DUI – 180 days to a 1-year revocation effective on conviction date. Or, first offense DUI with Serious Injury – at least a 3-year revocation. 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 (see listing "Under Suspension – Need Driver License for Work") where you live.

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. For a DUI conviction on or prior to October 1, 2007, you must provide proof of bodily injury liability insurance in the amount of 10,000 per person and $20,000 per occurrence and $10,000 property damage liability on the arrest date or proof of bodily injury liability coverage and a $15 reinstatement fee will be required. Any DUI conviction after October 1, 2007, must provide proof of bodily injury liability insurance in the amount of 100,000 per person, 300,000 per occurrence and 50,000 property damage liability on the arrest date or proof of liability coverage and a reinstatement fee of $150 up to $500, for subsequent violations will be required.

 

2nd DUI – second offense not within 5 years from prior conviction will result in a 180-day to 1-year revocation. You cannot reinstate early for hardship. The full revocation period must be served before requesting driver license reinstatement.

The second offense within 5 years from prior conviction will result in at least a 5 year revocation. You may apply for a hardship license at the Administrative Reviews Office after serving one year from effective date of revocation. DUI School, and treatment, if referred, must be completed and you must have a favorable recommendation from the Special Supervision Services Program to be eligible for a hardship license. If given approval to reinstate early for hardship, you must present this approval to the driver license office. You must remain in the Special Supervision Services Program for the duration of the revocation period to retain your hardship license.

If you wait to reinstate until after 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. For a DUI conviction on or prior to October 1, 2007, you must provide proof of bodily injury liability insurance in the amount of 10,000 per person and $20,000 per occurrence and $10,000 property damage liability on the arrest date or proof of bodily injury liability coverage and a $15 reinstatement fee will be required. Any DUI conviction after October 1, 2007, must provide proof of bodily injury liability insurance in the amount of 100,000 per person, 300,000 per occurrence and 50,000 property damage liability on the arrest date or proof of liability coverage and a reinstatement fee of $150 up to $500, for subsequent violations will be required.

 

3rd DUI – third offense not within 10 years of second conviction will result in a 180-day to 1-year revocation, unless the last 2 of the convictions fall within 5 years in which case a 5-year revocation will apply. You are not eligible for a hardship license, but must wait out the revocation period.

A third offense within 10 years of second conviction will result in a 10-year revocation. You must serve 2 years of this revocation period before being eligible to apply for a hardship license in the Administrative Reviews Office (see listing "Under Suspension – Need Driver License for Work") where you live. You must complete DUI School, and treatment, if referred, and have a favorable recommendation from the Special Supervision Services Program to be eligible for a hardship license. If given approval to reinstate early for hardship, you must present this approval to the driver license office. You must remain in the Special Supervision Services Program for the duration of the revocation period to retain your hardship license.

If you wait to reinstate until after 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. For a DUI conviction on or prior to October 1, 2007, you must provide proof of bodily injury liability insurance in the amount of 10,000 per person and $20,000 per occurrence and $10,000 property damage liability on the arrest date or proof of bodily injury liability coverage and a $15 reinstatement fee will be required. Any DUI conviction after October 1, 2007, must provide proof of bodily injury liability insurance in the amount of 100,000 per person, 300,000 per occurrence and 50,000 property damage liability on the arrest date or proof of liability coverage and a reinstatement fee of $150 up to $500, for subsequent violations will be required.

 

4th DUI or Subsequent DUI Conviction – You must serve 10 years of this revocation period before being eligible to apply for a hardship license in the Administrative Reviews Office (see listing "Under Suspension – Need Driver License for Work") where you live. You must complete DUI School, and treatment, if referred, and have a favorable recommendation from the Special Supervision Services Program to be eligible for a hardship license. If given approval to reinstate early for hardship, you must present this approval to the driver license office. You must remain in the Special Supervision Services Program to retain your hardship license.

At the time of reinstatement you must take the required examination, and pay an Administrative fee and revocation reinstatement fee and any license fee required. For a DUI conviction on or prior to October 1, 2007, you must provide proof of bodily injury liability insurance in the amount of 10,000 per person and $20,000 per occurrence and $10,000 property damage liability on the arrest date or pay a $15 reinstatement fee. Any DUI conviction after October 1, 2007, must provide proof of bodily injury liability insurance in the amount of 100,000 per person, 300,000 per occurrence and 50,000 property damage liability on the arrest date or pay a fee of $150 up to $500.

See also Ignition Interlock Requirements.

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DUI Manslaughter (single conviction) will result in a permanent revocation. You must wait 5 years before being eligible to apply for a hardship license in the Administrative Reviews Office (see listing "Under Suspension – Need Driver License for Work") where you live. You must complete DUI School, and treatment, if referred, and have a favorable recommendation from the Special Supervision Services Program to be eligible for a hardship license. If given approval to reinstate for a hardship license, you must present this approval to the driver license office; pay an Administrative fee and revocation reinstatement fee and any license fee required. For a DUI conviction on or prior to October 1, 2007, you must provide proof of bodily injury liability insurance in the amount of 10,000 per person and $20,000 per occurrence and $10,000 property damage liability insurance on the date of arrest or proof of liability coverage and a $15 reinstatement fee will be required. Any DUI conviction after October 1, 2007, must provide proof of bodily injury liability insurance in the amount of 100,000 per person, 300,000 per occurrence and 50,000 property damage liability on the arrest date or proof of liability coverage and a reinstatement fee of $150 up to $500, for subsequent violations will be required. You must remain in the Special Supervision Services Program for the duration of the revocation period to retain your hardship license.

 

DUI Manslaughter (in conjunction with prior DUI conviction): Permanent Revocation. There are no provisions for a hardship license.

 

Driving with an unlawful alcohol level (DUBAL)(.08)

You will be suspended as of the arrest date for 6 months for the first offense and one year for any other offense of DUBAL. You will be given a 10-day permit on the date of the arrest. Once the permit has expired, then 30 days of the suspension must be served before the driver is eligible to apply for a hardship license.

You will be eligible for a hardship license on the first and any consecutive suspension, unless you have been convicted of DUI two or more times.   You must provide proof of enrollment in a DUI School to the Administrative Reviews Office (see listing "Under Suspension – Need Driver License for Work") 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 will 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 suspension reinstatement fee and any license fee required. You must be able to show proof of the appropriate required coverage of bodily injury liability insurance if convicted of the DUI charge.

 

How do I reinstate my license after a suspension for refusal to submit to a breath/urine test?

You will be suspended as of the arrest date for one year for the first offense and 18 months for any consecutive offenses. 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 (see listing "Under Suspension – Need Driver License for Work") 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.

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 suspension reinstatement fee and any license fee required. You must be able to show proof of the appropriate required coverage of bodily injury liability insurance if convicted of the DUI charge.

 

What happens to my driving privilege if convicted of driving a commercial motor vehicle under the influence?

You are disqualified from driving a commercial motor vehicle for one year and you are not eligible for a hardship license. You must wait the full year, then pay a disqualification reinstatement fee fee and restore the commercial drivers license. If you were transporting hazardous materials when convicted, the disqualification is for three years.

What happens to my driving privilege if convicted of driving a commercial motor vehicle with unlawful alcohol level (.04)?

You are disqualified from driving a commercial motor vehicle for one year and are not eligible for a hardship license. You must wait the full year, then pay a disqualification reinstatement fee fee and reinstate the commercial drivers license. If you were transporting hazardous materials when convicted, the disqualification is for three years.

 

What happens to my driving privilege if convicted of driving a commercial motor vehicle in possession of controlled substance?

You are disqualified from driving a commercial motor vehicle for one year and are not eligible for a hardship license. You must wait the full year, then pay a disqualification reinstatement fee fee and restore the commercial drivers license.

 

What happens to my driving privilege if convicted of driving a commercial motor vehicle and I refused the test to determine alcohol level?

You are disqualified from driving a commercial motor vehicle for one year and are not eligible for a hardship license. You must wait the full year, pay a disqualification reinstatement fee fee and restore the commercial drivers license.

 

What happens to my driving privilege if I'm convicted of driving a commercial motor vehicle and I received 3 traffic violations within 3 years?

You are disqualified from driving a commercial motor vehicle for 120 days. After 120 days, pay a disqualification reinstatement fee fee and restore the commercial drivers license.

What happens to my driving privilege if convicted of driving a commercial motor vehicle and I received 2 traffic violations within 3 years?

You are disqualified for 60 days from driving a commercial motor vehicle. After 60 days, pay a disqualification reinstatement fee fee and restore the commercial drivers license.

South Broward DUI Defense, Criminal Defense, License Suspension lawyer

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Criminal defense, DUI Defense, License suspension Lawyer for South  Broward county including : Hollywood, Mirimar, and Pembroke Pines 

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Criminal Lawyer Network  South Broward Criminal Defense Lawyers  bring over  a century of  experience to the Criminal court room. They have been defending people accused of a crime for many years. Getting arrested or being accused of a felony, misdemeanor  can be a frightening experience. Your first reaction my be anger, disappointment,and confusion. Your first step must be to hire an experienced South Broward Criminal Defense lawyer who understands the  Broward County Criminal Court system. If you have been charged with a crime, choosing the right criminal defense lawyer is  the most important decision you can ever make. It can ultimately mean the difference between freedom and incarceration.

North Broward DUi Defense, Criminal Defense,License Suspension

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Criminal defense, DUI Defense, License suspension Lawyer for North Broward county including : Coral Springs, Pompano Beach, Deerfield Beach, and all of North broward County Florida

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Criminal Lawyer Network Fort Lauderdale Criminal Defense Lawyers  bring over  a century of  experience to the Criminal court room. They have been defending people accused of a crime for many years. Getting arrested or being accused of a felony, misdemeanor  can be a frightening experience. Your first reaction my be anger, disappointment,and confusion. Your first step must be to hire an experienced Fort Lauderdale Criminal Defense lawyer who understands the  Broward County Criminal Court system. If you have been charged with a crime, choosing the right criminal defense lawyer is  the most important decision you can ever make. It can ultimately mean the difference between freedom and incarceration.

Your Coral Springs, Deerfield Beach, Pompano Beach  DUI Defense lawyer

Driving under the influence (DUI) (driving while intoxicated (DWI), drunken driving, drunk driving, operating under the influence, drinking and driving, impaired driving) is the act of driving a motor vehicle with blood levels of alcohol in excess of a legal limit. a  is a valuable, and often essential, commodity. A DUI Defense lawyer is a criminal defense attorney specializing in defending people charged with DUI criminal offenses. This type of lawyer is invaluable for his or her ability to help explain legal circumstances to you, including what constitutes driving under the influence and how serious the charges against you may be.  DUI lawyers are very experienced in dealing with the DUI laws in N Broward County.  They can use this knowledge to help you fight any DUI charges. While a Ft N Broward DUI lawyer cannot always guarantee your charges will be dropped, he or she can provide essential legal counsel and help you take the best course of action depending on your specific circumstances. Call DUI Defense Attorney Network, N Broward today.

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 Suspended license lawyer Network  North Broward lawyers have helped hundreds of Florida drivers restore their Florida driving privileges even if your case involved multiple DUI convictions and suspensions.  Our Criminal defense law firms represent clients at the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles Administrative Review hearings in Broward County.  These hearings can be complicated and operate similar to a Court appearances.

Florida DUI Laws, Fort Lauderdale DUI Lawyer

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Florida DUI and Administrative Suspension Laws are reviewed in preparing a DUI Defense case for you. If you have been arrested for a DUI in Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood, Coral Springs, Pompano, Deerfield or any place in Broward County Florida it is important to hire an experienced DUI Defense lawyer. Criminal Defense Lawyers of Fort Lauderdale bring decades of experience in DUI Defense to the courtroom.

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* Disclaimer: This summary was prepared by the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles and should be used as a reference only. Interested parties should refer to the full text of the law before drawing legal conclusions.

DUI (Driving Under the Influence of Alcoholic Beverages, Chemical Substances or Controlled Substances). s. 316.193, F.S.

Under Florida law, DUI is one offense, proved by impairment of normal faculties or unlawful blood alcohol or breath alcohol level of .08 or above. The penalties upon conviction are the same, regardless of the manner in which the offense is proven.

Fine Schedule s. 316.193(2)(a)-(b), F.S.

First Conviction: Not less than $500, or more than $1,000. With Blood/Breath Alcohol Level (BAL) of .15 or higher or minor in the vehicle: Not less than $1,000, or more than $2,000.

Second Conviction: Not less than $1,000, or more than $2,000. With BAL of .15 or higher or minor in the vehicle: Not less than $2,000, or more than $4,000.

Third Conviction More than 10 years from second: Not less than $2,000, or more than $5,000. With BAL of .15 or higher or minor in the vehicle: Not less than $4,000.

Fourth or Subsequent Conviction: Not less than $2,000.

Community Service – s. 316.193 (6)(a), F.S.

First Conviction: Mandatory 50 hours of community service or additional fine of $10 for each hour of community service required.

Probation – s. 316.193 (5)(6), F.S.

First conviction, total period of probation and incarceration may not exceed 1 year.

Imprisonment- s. 316.193 (2)(a) 2, 4(b), (6)(j), F.S.

At court's discretion, sentencing terms may be served in a residential alcoholism or drug abuse treatment program, credited toward term of imprisonment.

First Conviction: Not more than 6 months. With BAL of .15 or higher or minor in the vehicle: Not more than 9 months.

Second Conviction: Not more than 9 months. With BAL of .15 or higher or minor in the vehicle: Not more than 12 months. If second conviction within 5 years, mandatory imprisonment of at least 10 days. At least 48 hours of confinement must be consecutive.

Third Conviction: If third conviction within 10 years, mandatory imprisonment of at least 30 days. At least 48 hours of confinement must be consecutive. If third conviction more than 10 years, imprisonment for not more than 12 months.

Fourth or Subsequent Conviction: Not more than 5 years or as provided in s.775.084, Florida Statutes, as habitual/violent offender.

Impoundment of Immobilization of Vehicle – s. 316.193 (6), F.S.

Unless the family of the defendant has no other transportation: First conviction = 10 days; second conviction within 5 years = 30 days; third conviction within 10 years = 90 days. Impoundment or immobilization must not occur concurrently with incarceration. The court may dismiss the order of impoundment of any vehicles that are owned by the defendant if they are operated solely by the employees of the defendant or any business owned by the defendant.

Conditions for Release of Persons Arrested for DUI-s. 316.193 (9), F.S.

The person is no longer under the influence and;

The person's normal faculties are no longer impaired

The person's blood/breath alcohol level is lower than 0.05; or

Eight hours have elapsed from the time the person was arrested.

DUI Misdemeanor Conviction: (Accident Involving Property Damage or Personal Injury)-s. 316.193 (3), F.S.

Any person who causes property damage or personal injury to another while driving under the influence is guilty of a First Degree Misdemeanor (not more than $1,000 fine or 1-year imprisonment).

DUI Felony Conviction: (Repeat Offenders or Accidents Involving Serious Bodily Injury)-s. 316.193 (2),(3) F.S.

Any person convicted of a third DUI within 10 years or a fourth or subsequent DUI commits a Third Degree Felony (not more than $5,000 fine and/or 5 years imprisonment).

Any person who causes serious bodily injury while driving under the influence is guilty of a Third Degree Felony (not more than $5,000 fine and/or 5 years imprisonment) or if habitual/violent felony offender as provided in s. 775.084, F.S.

Manslaughter and Vehicular Homicide-s. 316.193 (3), F.S.

DUI/Manslaughter: Second Degree Felony (not more than $10,000 fine and/or 15 years imprisonment).

DUI Manslaughter/Leaving the Scene: A driver convicted of DUI Manslaughter who knew/should have known accident occurred; and failed to give information or render aid is guilty of a First Degree Felony (not more than $10,000 fine and/or 30 years imprisonment).

Vehicular Homicide: Second Degree Felony (not more than $10,000 fine and/or 15 years imprisonment).

Vehicular Homicide/Leaving the Scene: A driver convicted of vehicular homicide who left the scene of an accident is guilty of a First Degree Felony (nor more than $10,000 fine and/or 30 years imprisonment).

Driver License Revocation Periods for DUI-s. 322.271, F.S. and s. 322.28,F.S.

A. First Conviction: Minimum 180 days revocation, maximum 1 year.

B. Second Conviction Within 5 Years: Minimum 5 years revocation. May be eligible for hardship reinstatement after 1 year. Other 2nd offenders same as "A" above.

C. Third Conviction Within 10 Years of the second conviction: minimum 10 years revocation. May be eligable for a hardship reinstatement after two years.

D. Fourth Conviction, Regardless of When Prior Convictions Occurred) and Murder with Motor Vehicle: Mandatory permanent revocation. No hardship reinstatement.

E. DUI Manslaughter: Mandatory permanent revocation. If no prior DUI related convictions, may be eligible for hardship reinstatement after 5 years.

F. Manslaughter, DUI Serious Bodily Injury, or Vehicular Homicide Convictions: Minimum 3-year revocation. DUI Serious Bodily Injury having prior DUI conviction is same as "B-D" above.

Commercial Motor Vehicles (CMV) – Alcohol-Related Convictions/Disqualifications-s. 322.61, F.S.

Persons convicted of driving a commercial motor vehicle with a blood alcohol level of .04 or above: driving a motor vehicle while he or she is under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance or refusing to submit to a test to determine the alcohol concentration while driving a commercial motor vehicle, driving a commercial motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or controlled substance, or driving a commercial motor vehicle while in possession of a controlled substance shall be disqualified from operating a commercial motor vehicle for a period of 1 year. This is in addition to any provisions of s. 316.193 for DUI convictions.

Second or subsequent conviction of any of the above offenses arising out of separate incidents will result in a permanent disqualification from operating a commercial motor vehicle.

There are no provisions for persons disqualified from operating a commercial motor vehicle to obtain a hardship (business or employment) license to operate a commercial motor vehicle.

Business Purposes Only/Employment Purposes Only Reinstatements-s. 322.271, F.S. and s. 322.28, F.S.

First Conviction: Must complete DUI school, apply to department for hearing for possible hardship reinstatement. Mandatory ignition interlock device for up to six months for BAL of .15.

Second Convictions (or more): No hardship license except as provided below. Mandatory ignition interlock device for one year, or for two years if BAL is greater than .20.

Second Conviction Within 5 Years: (5-Year Revocation) May apply for hardship reinstatement hearing after one year. Must complete DUI school and remain in the DUI supervision program for the remainder of the revocation period (failure to report for counseling or treatment shall result in cancellation of the hardship license). Applicant may not have consumed any alcoholic beverage or controlled substance or driven a motor vehicle for 12 months prior to reinstatement. Mandatory ignition interlock device for one year or for two years if BAL is greater than .15.

Third Conviction Within 10 Years: (10-Year Revocation) May apply for hardship reinstatement hearing after two years. Must complete DUI school and remain in the DUI supervision program for the remainder of the revocation period (failure to report for counseling or treatment shall result in the cancellation of the hardship license). Applicant may not have consumed any alcoholic beverage or controlled substance or driven a motor vehicle for 12 months prior to reinstatement. Mandatory ignition interlock device for two years.

DUI Manslaughter With No Prior DUI Related Conviction: (Permanent Revocation): May be eligible for hardship reinstatement after 5 years have expired from date of revocation or expired from date of term of incarceration provided the following requirements have been met:

1. Has not been arrested for a drug-related offense for at least 5 years prior to the hearing;

2. Has not driven a motor vehicle without a license for at least 5 years prior to the hearing;

3. Has been alcohol and drug-free for at least 5 years prior to the hearing; and

4. Must complete a DUI school and must be supervised under the DUI program for the remainder of the revocation period (failure to report for counseling or treatment shall result in cancellation of the hardship license).

5. Ignition interlock device required for two years.

Manslaughter, DUI Serious Bodily Injury, or Vehicular Homicide Convictions: (3 Year Revocation): May immediately apply for hardship reinstatement hearing. Must complete DUI school or advanced driver improvement course.

DUI School Requirements – s. 316.193 F.S., s. 322.271, F.S., s. 322.291, F.S.

First Conviction: Must complete DUI school before hardship reinstatement. Customers who wait out revocation period before reinstatement need only show proof of enrollment or completion to become re-licensed. If customer enrolls and is reinstated after revocation period expires, failure to complete the DUI school within 90 days after reinstatement will result in license cancellation; the driver cannot then be re-licensed until DUI school is completed.

Second Conviction in 5 Years (5-Year Revocation) or Third Conviction in 10 Years (10-Year Revocation): Customer must complete DUI school following conviction. See requirements in 13C and 13D respectively.

DUI Manslaughter With No Prior DUI Related Conviction: (Permanent Revocation): Must complete DUI school before hardship reinstatement.

Manslaughter, DUI Serious Bodily Injury, or Vehicular Homicide: (Minimum 3 year Revocation): See 13F

Customers Who Wait Until Revocation Period Expires: Must enroll in DUI school and pass the driver license examinations to be re-licensed. Failure to complete the school within 90 days after such reinstatement will result in cancellation of the license until the school is completed.

Reckless Driving: If the court has reasonable cause to believe that the use of alcohol, chemical or controlled substances contributed to a violation of reckless driving, the person convicted of reckless driving must complete DUI school if ordered by the court.

Treatment: Treatment resulting from a psychosocial evaluation may not be waived without a supporting psychosocial evaluation by a court appointed agency with access to the original evaluation.

Chemical or Physical Test Provisions (Implied Consent Law)-s. 316.1932, F.S., s. 316.1933, F.S., s. 316.1934, F.S, s. 316.1939, F.S

Refusal: Refusal to submit to a breath, urine, or blood test is admissible as evidence in DUI criminal proceedings. Second or subsequent refusal is a misdemeanor of the first degree.

Driver License Suspension Periods: First refusal, suspended for 1 year. Second or subsequent refusals, suspended for 18 months.

Commercial Driver License Disqualification Periods: First refusal in a commercial motor vehicle, disqualified for 1 year. Second or subsequent refusals in a commercial motor vehicle, disqualified permanently. No hardship reinstatement permitted.

Forceful Withdrawal of Blood: If necessary, blood may be withdrawn in DUI cases involving serious bodily injury or death by authorized medical personnel with the use of reasonable force by the arresting officer, even if the driver refuses.

Unconscious: Any person who is incapable of refusal by reason of unconsciousness or other mental or physical condition shall be deemed not to have withdrawn his consent to such test. A blood test may be administered whether or not such person is told that his failure to submit to such a blood test will result in the suspension of his privilege to operate a motor vehicle.

Portable Alcohol Breath Testing Devices: Authorized by s.322.2616, F.S., for persons under the age of 21. Reading is admissible as evidence in any administrative hearing conducted under s. 322.2616, F.S.

Adjudication and Sentencing – s. 316.656, F.S., s. 322.2615 F.S.

Penalty to be Imposed by Court: Judges are prohibited from deviating from the administrative suspension/revocation periods mandated by statute. The courts are prohibited from withholding adjudication in DUI cases; or from reducing a DUI charge if the defendant's blood alcohol was .15 or greater.

Driving While License Suspended or Revoked- s. 322.34, F.S.

Any person whose driver license/privilege is suspended for Driving with an Unlawful Alcohol Level, or revoked for DUI, DUI Manslaughter or Vehicular Homicide, or for any other offense ordered by the court and who causes death or serious bodily injury to another person by operating a motor vehicle in a careless or negligent manner is guilty of a 3rd degree felony, punishable by both imprisonment of not more than 5 years, a fine not to exceed $5,000, or both.

Administrative Suspension of Persons Under the Age of 21 for Driving With an Alcohol Level .02 or Above

Section 322.2616, Florida Statutes, authorizes law enforcement officers having probable cause to believe that a motor vehicle is being driven by or is in the actual physical control of a person who is under the age of 21 while under the influence of alcoholic beverages or who has any alcohol level may lawfully detain this person and may request them to submit to a test to determine the alcohol level. This violation is neither a traffic infraction nor a criminal offense, nor does being detained under this statute constitute an arrest.

First Suspension for Persons Under the Age of 21 With An Alcohol Level .02 or above: 6 months.

Second or Subsequent Suspensions 1 year.

First Suspension for Refusal to Submit to Breath Test: 1 year.

Second or Subsequent Suspensions for Refusal: 18 months.

The suspension is effective immediately. If the breath or blood alcohol level is .05 or higher the suspension shall remain in effect until completion of a substance abuse evaluation and course. The officer will issue the driver a temporary permit effective 12 hours after issuance which is valid for 10 days, provided the driver is otherwise eligible.

Administrative Suspension Law – s. 322.2615, F.S., s. 316.193, F.S., s. 316.1932, F.S.

First Suspension for Driving With an Unlawful Alcohol Level (.08 or above): 6 months.

Second or Subsequent Suspensions for Driving With an Unlawful Alcohol Level (.08 or above): 1 year.

First Suspension for Refusal to Submit to Breath, Urine or Blood Test: 1 year.

Second or Subsequent Suspensions for Refusal: 18 months.

The suspension is effective immediately The officer will issue the driver a temporary permit valid for 10 days from the date of arrest, provided the driver is otherwise eligible.

Administrative Disqualification Law

First Disqualification for Driving a Commercial Motor Vehicle With an Unlawful Blood Alcohol Level (.04 or above): 1 year disqualification

driving a motor vehicle while he or she is under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance: 1 year disqualification

First Disqualification for Refusal to Submit to Breath, Urine or Blood Test Arising from the Operation of a Commercial Motor Vehicle: 1-year disqualification

Second or Subsequent Disqualification for Refusal to Submit to Breath, Urine, or Blood Test Arising from the Operation of a Commercial Motor Vehicle: permanently disqualified.

Second or Subsequent Disqualification of driving a motor vehicle while he or she is under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance: Permanently disqualification

The disqualification is effective immediately upon refusal of the breath, urine or blood test or determination that the driver has a blood alcohol level of .08 or above, while operating or in actual physical control of a commercial motor vehicle. The officer will issue the driver a temporary permit which is valid for 10 days from the date of arrest or disqualification, provided the driver is otherwise eligible. However, the permit does not authorize the operation of a commercial motor vehicle for the first 24 hours of disqualification.

Review Hearings For Administrative Suspensions And Disqualifications

Sections s. 322.2615 and s. 322.64, F.S., authorize the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles upon the request of the driver to conduct formal and informal reviews for the purpose of sustaining, amending or invalidating administrative suspensions and disqualifications. The decisions of the department shall not be considered in any trial for a violation of s. 316.193, F.S., nor shall any written statement submitted by a person in his request for review be admissible into evidence against him in any such trial. The disposition of any related criminal proceedings shall not affect a suspension/disqualification.

Business or Employment Reinstatement:

1.Suspension for Driving With an Unlawful Alcohol Level of .08 or above or Refusal: Must show proof of enrollment in DUI school and apply for an administrative hearing for possible hardship reinstatement. For unlawful alcohol level must serve 30 days without driver license or permit prior to eligibility for hardship reinstatement. For first refusal must serve 90 days without driver license or permit prior to eligibility for hardship reinstatement. No hardship reinstatement for two or more refusals.

2. Suspension – Persons Under Age of 21 Driving With a Breath Alcohol Level of .02 or above: Must complete a Traffic Law and Substance Abuse Education course before hardship reinstatement. .05 or higher, must complete DUI program prior to eligibility for hardship reinstatement. Must serve 30 days without driver license or permit prior to eligibility for hardship reinstatement.

Hardship License Prohibited:

1. Florida law prohibits any hardship reinstatement upon 2nd or subsequent suspension for test refusal or if driver has been convicted of (DUI) section 316.193, F.S., two or more times.

2. Persons disqualified from operating a commercial motor vehicle cannot obtain a hardship license to operate a commercial motor vehicle.

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