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DUI » DMV » Losing Your Driver's License

Consequences of Losing Your Florida License

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Losing your driver's license, permanently or temporarily, is a possible consequence of a DUI arrest or conviction. When you are taken into custody for suspected drunk driving, the arresting officer will likely confiscate your driver's license and give you a notice of suspension, which will allow you to drive temporarily until the Florida DHSMV actually suspends your license. You may be able to avoid this suspension by contacting the appropriate department and scheduling a hearing to challenge your suspension.

If you win this hearing, your license will not be suspended. If you are convicted in criminal court, however, your license may be suspended regardless of whether the DMV hearing was won. When you lose your license, you will not be permitted to drive. If you are caught driving without a license, you may even face criminal charges and the possibility of imprisonment and fines if you are convicted. This means that you will have to rely upon friends, family members, co-workers or public transportation to get to and from work, school or the other places you need to go.

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You may find it hard to get to work on time, may spend extra time and money having to use public transportation or taxi cabs, and your social life may suffer as well. Considering that a first conviction in Florida results in a minimum 180-day license revocation, you may be dealing with these repercussions for a long time. The consequences of suspension are far more harmful for a person who relies upon his or her ability to drive to make a living, such as a commercial truck driver. These individuals may be unable to provide for their families without a driver's license.

In addition to protecting your driving privileges in the first place by scheduling your DHSMV hearing and representing you at these administrative proceedings, a Tampa DUI attorney experienced in handling DUI charges can assist you in applying for a hardship license. A hardship license is essentially a restricted license that allows you to drive for limited purposes, usually for work, school and to run necessary errands. Call today to learn more.

You have options. You have legal rights that should be protected. Contact a Tampa DUI lawyer at our firm today to see how we can help you.

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