Driving Under the Influence (DUI)
DUI is a general term often used to describe the act of driving under the influence of alcohol or other controlled substance under Chapter 893 of the Florida Statutes. This is a serious crime in Florida, and a conviction may result in different number of penalties, ranging from imprisonment to fines or community service. A driver arrested for drunk driving in Florida will also face the suspension or revocation of his or her driver's license.
Many prescription drugs are considered to be controlled substances. In the state of Florida you may be convicted for a DUI for driving while under the influence of such controlled substances even though they were legally prescribed by a doctor.
Administrative License Suspension Hearings
In Florida, a driver who fails or refuses a breath test or blood test after a DUI arrest will face the automatic suspension of his or her driver's license. If the breath or blood test shows a blood alcohol concentration of .08% or greater, or if the driver refuses the test altogether this may be grounds for the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) to suspend the driver's license. However, the driver must have been lawfully arrested.
If you were arrested for DUI and were served a Notice of Suspension of your driver's license, you will have 10 days to contact the Florida DHSMV to request an administrative hearing.
Your DHSMV hearing will be your only opportunity of avoiding license suspension and revocation, so it is important to act quickly to request your hearing.
The Law Office of Grant & Dozier, LLC, can schedule your DHSMV hearing for you and can represent you at your hearing in order to offer you the best opportunity of keeping your license.