Knowing what to do after an arrest is a hard thing to do for the majority of criminal defendants. Most people are unfamiliar with the legal procedures that are applied to their case, so figuring out the next step can be a difficult task. Questions about how much the fines and costs will be almost always arise, as does the question about whether you will be sent to jail. Depending on the type of crime, other questions will surely surface. For DUI cases, one of those questions is whether you will still be allowed to drive.

The law in Florida calls for suspension of driving privileges for 6 months when you are arrested for DUI. This is for a first time offender, and that period of time only increases with subsequent DUI arrests. As a DUI defendant you have choices to make regarding this suspension, and they are as follows:

  • Do nothing. If you fail to make a decision about the revocation of your driver’s license, you will not be allowed to drive for the time period applicable to your case (first offense, second, or subsequent offense).
  • You can act within 10 days of arrest, by asking for a review of the revocation and seeking a limited right to drive.
  • You can make an immediate request for reinstatement of full privileges rather than asking for a modified license, based on a claim that being unable to drive presents a hardship to you and/or your family.


If you pick the third option you will have to agree to the suspension on at least a limited basis. Being able to drive means you are able to make it to the events that matter the most to you, such as going to school or work, or to an after school activity for your children. Act quickly to maintain your driving privileges, and to help keep your driving record in good standing. Our team of qualified DUI defense attorneys will timely request a review of your license revocation, and help make sure you are able to get to where you need to go. Call us today to make an appointment with one of our competent attorneys, and learn what you can do to stay on the road.

If you been arrested for DUI, contact an experienced criminal defense attorney in Stuart and the Treasure Coast for answers. Your first visit is a free consultation and we work with you to reach results that fit your needs.