Can you get your license back after a DUI conviction in Southwest Florida?

On Behalf of | Nov 7, 2022 | DUI

The revocation of your driver’s license is one of the standard penalties for a DUI in Florida. If you are convicted of a DUI you will lose your driving privileges for at least 180 days, possibly longer.

Your prior criminal record, driving history and the presence of any aggravating factors during this most recent infraction will determine exactly how long your drivers license can be revoked for. No matter the length of time, being unable to drive yourself on demand can be a significant hardship not just for you but for your immediate family members.

What options are available after a DUI conviction and revocation of your driver’s license? There are several possibilities.

Business or employment reinstatement may be an option

Under certain circumstances, it is possible to qualify for a hardship license if you are eligible according to the Florida Highway Safety of Motor Vehicles. Second, you typically need to petition the bureau of administrative review and comply with the administrative requirements. The facts of your case will affect the length of your revocation.

Additionally, it’s important to know that a hardship license doesn’t mean free rein. In some cases, a hardship license will have an ignition interlock device (IID) requirement attached. Those with a high blood alcohol level (BAL) at the time of their arrest are more likely to have a lengthy suspension or an IID requirement when seeking their license back.

Those with a BAL of 0.15% or higher may have a longer suspension and a mandatory requirement to install an IID for driver’s license reinstatement. Those with a prior offense and a long-term revocation may have to go an entire year without drinking before they even qualify for reinstatement and the installation of an IID in their vehicle.

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Of course, even with restrictions, having your driving privileges back can significantly reduce the penalty that a DUI conviction can cause for your family or your career. Understanding your rights as someone facing DUI charges in Southwest Florida can help you make use of the best strategy.