Preserving Your Driving Privileges

If you are arrested for a D.U.I. in Florida, your license will likely be suspended. Suspension is automatic if you refuse to take a breath test, if your breath test shows your breath alcohol content is higher than .08 percent or if you refuse a lawful request for a blood or urine test. You have the opportunity to challenge the suspension at a formal review hearing. The formal review hearing is separate from the criminal proceeding for the criminal charge of D.U.I. The formal review is conducted by a branch of the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. This hearing is the only way to challenge the suspension of your license.

In addition to the opportunity to fight the suspension, the formal review hearing can also provide valuable information for the criminal case. Witnesses may appear that will give sworn testimony that can be used in court. You must have an experienced attorney representing you from the start. At the law firm of Ringsmuth, Day & O'Halloran, our Fort Myers driver's license suspension attorneys work diligently to preserve the driving privileges of our clients that have been arrested for D.U.I. in Lee County.

Skillful Representation on Your Side

In order to challenge the suspension, you must request a formal review hearing within 10 days of your arrest. If you don't, the suspension will automatically take effect. When you hire our firm, we will immediately request a hearing. We will attend the hearing and cross-examine all of the relevant witnesses that appear in your case, including police officers and civilian witnesses. These hearings can provide helpful insight into the state's D.U.I. case. The testimony that the witnesses provide may give us information that the State Attorney's Office does not have.

During your hearing, we will present the strongest possible argument to preserve your ability to drive. If we are successful, your license will be reinstated and you will be able to drive without any restrictions. If the hearing officer upholds the suspension, you will be required to serve a "hard time suspension." A hard time suspension is a period of time during which you will not be able to drive for any reason, no matter what your personal circumstances are. After the hard time has been served, we can help you seek a hardship license that allows you to drive to work, school, the doctor and to religious services.

Call for a Free Consultation

Contact our office today to learn more about formal review hearings and what we can do to help preserve your driving privileges. You can reach us by phone at 800-416-1434 or via e-mail.