DUI Arrest? 10 Days to Immediately Reinstate Your License (New Law Effective July 1, 2013)
If you have been arrested for DUI you have 10 days to preserve your driving privileges. You must act quickly or face mandatory "hard-time" (no driving whatsoever). If your license has not been previously suspended for an alcohol-related offense, then you may benefit from a new law (effective July 1, 2013) that will allow you to immediately reinstate your driving privileges. You must sign up for the appropriate level DUI school, be ID compliant (verify citizenship and residency requirements to DMV) and file a Request for Eligibility Review at the appropriate DMV office--all within 10 days following the date of your DUI arrest. This will enable you to immediately apply for a hardship hearing, reinstate your driver's license and avoid any "hard-time." There is a lot to do in a little amount of time. Call our DUI law firm today and have us guide you through this new process.
Who is Eligible for the New Eligibility Review and Formal Review Waiver Process?
Effective July 1, 2013, and Pursuant to Florida Statute 32.2615(1)(b)((3) and Florida Statute 322.271(7), The new Suspension Waiver Law went into effect.
The purpose of the waiver is for you to have the opportunity to “waive” your option for a formal or informal hearing. You cannot “change your mind” once you have been approved for the waiver.
Eligibility for the waiver:
1. It's your first Dubal or Refusal (in state or out of state).
2. Have not had a prior Refusal, Dubal, Reckless driving conviction (DUI that was reduced to a reckless) or prior DUI conviction in Florida or out of state.
3. Must apply for and have the review for the waiver within 10 days of the offense with the Administrative Review office.
4. When you contact the Administrative Review office you will be required to complete an application/affidavit for waiver and it must be witnessed by a hearing officer. If the waiver review is by telephone, application/affidavit can be witnessed by another adult.
5. If you are granted authority for the waiver, then you are immediately issued a “BPO” Business Purposes Only driver license until you appear in court for the DUI.
6. There is a $25.00 fee for the Waiver with proof of DUI school enrollment. DMV accepts all major credit cards accepted.
Who is not Eligible for a Florida DUI Hardship License?
You are not eligible for a hardship license relating to a DUI suspension if you have:
(1) two or more DUI convictions; or
(2) have refused the breath test two or more times
If you do not fit in either of the two above categories and:
(1) your license is otherwise valid
(2) you have signed up for the DUI school
(3) you have served all of your hard time
(4) you have not driven unlawfully; and
(5) you have a need for a business purposes only license
Then you are eligible for a hardship hearing. While you must file for your formal review hearing in the county of your arrest, you may apply for a hardship hearing at any Bureau of Administrative Review Office. Call Bryce A. Fetter, P.A. at 407-740-7275 to discuss your options.