Tampa Driver's License Reinstatement Attorney
How to Restore Your License After a DUI
If you have been arrested for drunk driving, one administrative penalty you will face is license suspension or revocation. A DUI will result in license suspension unless you fight that suspension with the DHSMV. Driver's license revocation periods are as follows:
- First Conviction: 180 days to one year
- Second Conviction: Five years revocation
- Third Conviction: Maximum 10 years' revocation
- Fourth Conviction: Mandatory permanent revocation
- DUI Manslaughter: Mandatory permanent revocation.
The time at which you can petition for a license reinstatement is dependent on the circumstances of your DUI offense as well as any prior offenses. A lawyer from Taracks & Associates can fight for you so that your license is not suspended or revoked in the first place, but if it is, we can help you petition for a reinstatement or hardship license.
License Revocation Periods
An attorney will be able to evaluate your case and help you determine when you can petition for a reinstatement of your driver's license. For example, if you have been arrested for your second DUI within five years, then you might be eligible for a hardship reinstatement after one year. If you have been arrested for drunk driving, and your license is suspended, you may have to serve out the entirety of that period before you can petition to have your license reinstated. If you wish to drive before this, then you might consider a hardship license.
Your license will not automatically be given back to you after your period of suspension is over, but our Tampa DUI attorney will help you fill out all the necessary paperwork with the DHSMV so that it can be restored. As of July 1, 2013, Florida has updated administrative license suspension laws. People who are required to drive for business purposes such as driving to school or work may be able to keep their right to drive during this period. Speak with our Tampa DUI attorneys to learn more about this recent change.
Obtaining a Hardship License in Tampa, FL
Wondering how you can get a hardship license in Florida? To qualify, you will have to prove that there is sufficient need for you to drive, and that there is no other reasonable option for transportation. The way to get a hardship license is to petition to the DHSMV. Some DUI offenders may have to wait for a certain period of time before they can request a hardship license. Those regulations are as follows:
- Second Conviction Within 5 Years: Cannot petition for hardship reinstatement for one year after initial revocation.
- Third Conviction Within 10 Years of the Second: Cannot petition for hardship reinstatement for two years after initial revocation.
- Fourth Conviction: Hardship reinstatement is not an option.
- DUI Manslaughter with No Prior Offenses: Hardship reinstatement may be available after five years after initial revocation.
Taracks & Associates understands how important your right to drive is. This is why we fight for clients so that their driving privileges can be restored. Our team of former prosecutors can help you file the necessary paperwork and make a compelling petition so that you can drive again.
Contacting a Tampa DUI Attorney
If you have been arrested for any DUI-related offense or another traffic offense that could put your driving privileges at risk, contact a lawyer at our firm. Florida has strict regulations when it comes to license suspension and revocation, which is why skillful defense after an initial arrest is necessary. If you have been arrested on suspicion of drunk or drugged driving, you have the right to remain silent and you have the right to legal counsel.
Let our Tampa lawyer provide you with the exceptional legal counsel you need so that you do not have to endure a suspension in the first place. If your license has already been suspended, then we can advise you on how to get it restored. Call us today!
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