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Florida DUI Criminal Suspension

Jacksonville License Suspension Lawyer

There are two suspensions involved with a Florida DUI charge, the administrative suspension and the criminal suspension. Unfortunately, if you are eventually convicted of DUI, another mandatory 6- or 12-month suspension begins on the date of conviction and the judge will suspend your hardship license. Therefore, if there is a strong possibility of a DUI conviction, it may not be worthwhile to get your hardship license until the criminal suspension has been imposed. Otherwise, you would then have to pay another $60 to reinstate your hardship license. However, you would not be required to re-enroll in the DUI school. Nevertheless, if you eventually beat the DUI, your license will not be suspended a second time and you will only have to complete the administrative suspension.

Criminal Suspension Periods

Depending on the degree of the DUI charge, the following criminal suspension periods would be imposed if eventually convicted. After that are the eligibility requirements for a hardship license, if you were to experience a criminal suspension.

  • First Conviction: Minimum 180 days' revocation, maximum 1 year.
  • Second Conviction Within 5 Years: Minimum 5 years' revocation. May be eligible for hardship reinstatement after 1 year. Other 2nd offenders same as "A" above.
  • Third Conviction Within 10 Years: Minimum 10 years' revocation. May be eligible for hardship reinstatement after 2 years. Other 3rd offenders same as "A" above; one conviction more than 10 years prior and one within 5 years, same as "B" above.
  • Fourth Conviction (Regardless of When Prior Convictions Occurred) and Murder with Motor Vehicle: Mandatory permanent revocation. No hardship reinstatement.
  • DUI Manslaughter: Mandatory permanent revocation. If no prior DUI related convictions, may be eligible for hardship reinstatement after 5 years.
  • Manslaughter, DUI Serious Bodily Injury, or Vehicular Homicide Convictions: Minimum 3-year revocation. DUI Serious Bodily Injury having prior DUI conviction is same as "B-D" above.

If you are facing DUI charges in Florida, call Arnold Law Firm and learn about how our DUI defense can help you. Our attorneys are experts in Florida DUI laws and have helped clients from Jacksonville, Orlando, Tampa and other Florida cities effectively and satisfactorily deal with their DUI charges. Contact us today!

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