Everyone that is charged with DUI faces possible loss of their driving privileges. When you are under 21 though, the laws are much more harsh. Because the ability to drive is vital to nearly every aspect of your daily life, it is critical you take all the steps necessary to protect your driver’s license.

Florida law regarding the suspension of driving privileges for those charged with DUI AND under 21 are strict. The law requires:

● A 6 month suspension for a person under 21 years old when the BAC is 0.02% or higher, for a first time offender.

● Second or subsequent offenses carry a suspension time of one year.

● Your license will be suspended for one year for a first time refusal to take the breath test case.

● On second or subsequent cases where the breath test was refused, the term of license suspension is 18 months.

These suspension are in effect immediately upon arrest, but can be challenged. You have the right to request a modified license, and you can also ask for a temporary license that is valid for ten days. This temporary license is intended to give you the ability to drive while you await final determination of your driving privileges. Presenting a strong case for your continued right to drive is vital, so that you can continue to drive and maintain an element of normalcy as you fight the DUI charges against you.

If you are under 21 and have been charged with a DUI and loss of driver’s license, contact a qualified criminal defense attorney in Stuart and the Treasure Coast. Your first visit is a free consultation and we work with you to reach results that fit your needs. We fight hard to maintain your right to drive and protect your driving record.