Without a driver’s license you are not able to drive, and if you have places to go, like most of us do, this can be a real problem. There are a number of reasons your license might get suspended; you might have too many speeding tickets, have failed to pay court fines, or been arrested for DUI. With most DUI arrests comes a suspension of your driving privileges, but you do have the opportunity to ask for a modified right to drive. There is a procedure you have to follow though, and if you don’t follow the rules you will might not be able to get your license back for a while.
If you are pulled over and cited for DUI the officer might take away your license as part of the case. But there are some things you can do to ask for it back, or to be given at least a limited license. Two things you need to do to save your license if you get a DUI include:
- Make a written request, within ten days from the date of your DUI arrest, for a review of the suspension of your right to drive. The review is an administrative function, and is separate from the criminal portion of your DUI case. The ten day deadline is firm, and if you don’t get your request in before the ten days expires, you won’t be given another chance to make the request.
- Once the hearing is set for your review, be sure to attend and fight for your right to drive. You will need to be prepared to present evidence as to why you need to continue driving, and be prepared to accept a limited license if that is the ultimate decision.
With a limited license you are still able to drive, but you will not have full driving privileges. For example, you might be permitted to drive only to school or work, but not for recreational activities. Many first time offenders are able to maintain at least some driving privileges during their case, and this can be helpful because you won’t be left wondering how you are going to get around. The type of evidence you need to present in order to get your license back, or to get a modified license, will depend on your specific needs and on the facts of your case. We can help by developing arguments in your favor. If you have been arrested for DUI and are wondering what you can to do keep on the road, call us today. We will go over your case with you and make sure the request for a review of your license suspension is made on time, and then prepare you for the hearing when it is scheduled.
For more information about DUI cases, call our office today. Contact us today schedule an appointment with an experienced criminal defense attorney in Stuart and the Treasure Coast. The first visit is a free initial consultation.