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Florida DUI Lawyer on DUI Administrative Penalties

Fort Lauderdale DUI attorney William Moore wants his clients to be aware of the potential criminal penalties that can follow a Broward DUI arrest as well as the devastating administrative penalties. Administrative penalties, like the Florida drivers license suspension for a DUI arrest, can occur immediately after the arrest – and months before the case goes to trial. If you have been arrested for DUI in the Broward/Fort Lauderdale/Fort Lauderdale-Dade area, protect yourself by hiring a Broward DUI lawyer immediately. The window of opportunity for challenging administrative penalties is extremely narrow. As an experienced Fort Lauderdale DUI lawyer, William Moore Criminal Defense knows that his clients can reap benefits from challenging their drivers license suspension. If the challenge is successful and your driving privileges are reinstated, you will be able to continue driving for all of your regular needs, such as employment. If you have been arrested for DUI, remember that drivers license suspension in Florida occurs immediately following your arrest – not after trial or when you have been convicted. Also, you have only 10 days to challenge the suspension of your Florida drivers license, so it is imperative to act quickly. How long the suspension lasts will depend on whether or not you are convicted (or plead guilty) and if you have a prior DUI record. Drivers licenses are regulated by the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.

The periods of Florida DUI drivers license suspension are as follows:

First conviction: between 180 days and one year

Second conviction, but first was more than five years ago: between 180 days and one year

Second conviction within the preceding five years: No less than five years; hardship license available after one year

Third conviction, both more than ten years ago: between 180 days and one year: No less than five years; hardship license available after one year

Third conviction, one within the last five years and one between five and ten years ago:

Third conviction within the preceding decade: No less than ten years, hardship possible after two years

Fourth DUI conviction, regardless of time frame: Permanent license revocation

DUI Manslaughter and Murder with Motor Vehicle conviction: Permanent license revocation

DUI with Serious Bodily Injury or Vehicular Homicide: Revoked for at least three years, longer if prior DUI record

Losing the privilege of driving in south Florida can have far-reaching consequences for you and your family. Driving is critical to the everyday life of most people. In addition to driving to and from work, you may be required to drive as part of your job description. Picking up groceries can be extremely inconvenient without access to a car. You will no longer be able to run your child’s carpool. Explaining the loss of your license can be embarrassing at your job and in your social life. In short, the suspension of your drivers license for a DUI can derail your life in more ways than one. If you have been arrested for DUI in south Florida, Fort Lauderdale DUI attorney William Moore will fight to get your life back on track.

Fort Lauderdale DUI attorney William Moore is a former prosecutor and public defender. If you have been charged with DUI in south Florida, contact William Moore Criminal Defense, P.A., which has an experienced Fort Lauderdale DUI lawyer with offices in Fort Lauderdale-Dade, Broward, and Fort Lauderdale Counties.

This article should be used for informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice, nor to imply representation of any person.

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