Driving Under the Influence (DUI) in Florida
Under Florida law, as in most states, the legal BAC limit for most drivers is .08%. The legal limit for minors under the age of twenty-one (21) is .02%, and the legal limit for commercial drivers is .04%. Upon being arrested and facing DUI charges, you have ten (10) days to address the suspension of your Florida driver’s license. If arrested for driving under the influence, you face automatic suspension of your driver’s license for a certain period of time if you do not act within the 10-day period. Your options during this period of time are to (1) waive the appeal of the decision to suspend your driver’s license, or (2) fight the suspension of your driver’s license.
If you have been charged with driving under the influence for the first time, and you waive your right to appeal the decision to suspend your driver’s license within 10 days of your arrest, you may be granted a hardship driver’s license that is good for a certain period of time. This hardship driver’s license will allow you to drive to work, school, religious functions, and any other travel that is necessary to fulfill life’s daily needs. However, if you do not act within 10 days of arrest, you will not be able to obtain the hardship driver’s license. If your pending DUI charge is not your first, you may not have the option of obtaining a hardship license.
To ensure you are taking all steps possible to fight your DUI charge in Florida, you should act quickly once you have been charged with driving under the influence. With the assistance of a seasoned Tampa DUI Defense Attorney like Marc A. Joseph, P.A., you may be able to continue driving with some sort of restricted driver’s license depending on the individual circumstances of your DUI charge.