A DUI case is not just a criminal case against you, it is also an administrative matter regarding your right to drive. Perhaps the most important thing to know about your license is the time frame within which you must take action, or you will not be allowed to do so later. You only have ten days after your arrest to request a hearing to keep your right to drive, and if you do not do so your driving privileges will be lost.

The law on driver’s licenses suspensions that accompany a DUI are as follows:

● If you took the breath test, the suspension lasts 6 months if you fail to request a hearing to maintain driving privileges.

● If you refused the test, your license will be suspended for a period of one year if you do not request a formal review of the suspension.

In many instances, those charged with DUI are able to maintain some level of driving privileges. You might be granted a modified license, which will allow you to travel to and from work and school, and certain activities such as attending church or Court ordered driver’s education courses. We know it is important for you to be able to get to work, so you can continue to support yourself and your family, so promptly request hearings regarding your license. Make sure you don’t miss out on the chance to keep your license, or obtain a modified one, by calling a competent DUI defense attorney immediately upon arrest.

For more information about how a DUI impacts your driving privileges, call an experienced criminal defense attorney in Stuart and the Treasure Coast. We work with you to tailor a defense that fits the specific facts of your case. We offer an initial consultation for no charge.