If you have been arrested for a DUI with a blood-alcohol level (BAC) of .08% or greater, your license will be automatically suspended. A DUI license suspension also occurs when you are stopped by the police for suspected DUI and refuse to take the BAC test. At this point, you have 10 days from the time of your arrest to schedule a hearing with the DMV to challenge the suspension.
It is the DMV that suspends your license, not the courts. The suspension can range from six months to one year. If you do not schedule a hearing within 10 days, you will lose your right to appeal the suspension. Having an experienced DUI attorney present at this hearing will be your best defense against a license suspension. This will be your only opportunity to keep your license.
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How the DMV Hearing Process for DUI Arrest Works
At your DMV hearing, you will meet with a representative who will review the reports associated with your arrest. This individual will determine your license suspension based on this paperwork and police statements. You will also be asked questions by the representative. With an attorney present, you have an increased opportunity to make qualified challenges to any documentation the DMV may have along with the validity of the BAC test or field sobriety tests that were administered. I have represented numerous clients before the DMV and successfully challenged the license suspension.
Don’t leave this important hearing to chance. Not having a license will severely affect your quality of life, whether it is the ability to get to work, obtain employment, or take care of family duties. As a successful DUI attorney in Palm Beach Gardens, I can help you maintain your right to drive, which is an important privilege.
Can You Go to Jail for a DUI in Palm Beach County?
While every DUI charge carries different penalties, and is assesed on a case-by-case basis, jail time is possible after a first offense. Below, our Palm Beach Gardens DUI lawyer Matthew Konecky explains whether or not you'll have to serve jail time for a DUI.
Our Palm Beach Gardens DUI Lawyer Can Help You Get a Hardship License
If your license has already been suspended, we can help you qualify for a hardship license. A hardship license will allow you to drive to either work or school. This hardship license is not available to someone who has a previous license suspension due to DUI or to an individual who refused to take the BAC test. I can help you pursue a hardship license so you can preserve your quality of life.
How Long Will a DUI Stay on Your Public Record?
We get this question quite often. Below, our DUI attorney in Palm Beach Gardens discusses just how long a DUI will stay on your public record:
Retain Our DUI Attorney in Palm Beach Gardens for Your DMV Hearing
If you have been arrested for DUI or DWI, losing the right to drive due to a license suspension is a harsh reality. Your court case and criminal trial is a separate matter from your DMV hearing. Having a legal representative at your DMV hearing will provide you with the best possible opportunity to retain your license.
You only have 10 days to prevent your license from being suspended by the DMV. Click the button above or call our Palm Beach Gardens DUI lawyer now at 561.671.5995. Our firm represent clients at DMV hearings in Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade counties, including the communities of West Palm Beach, Ft. Lauderdale, North Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, Jupiter, Rivera Beach, Singer Island, Tequesta, Wellington, and Greenacres.