You may have had your driver's license suspended — or be at risk of having it suspended — for any of the following reasons:
Losing one's driving privileges in Florida is tantamount to losing one's freedom. Having your driver's license suspended even once can be a serious problem because it sets you up to be labeled a "habitual offender" if it happens again. Furthermore, public transportation is inadequate for daily coming and going in most areas. Many people find it difficult or nearly impossible to make a living without a driver's license. Quite a few continue driving without a driver's license and eventually end up in jail or prison, with a felony record, as a result.
Some drivers whose licenses have been suspended contact our law firm asking if we can help them obtain hardship driver's licenses. Residents of Florida, as well as visitors to our state, should be aware that new rules in Florida have radically changed the procedures for getting hardship licenses. In particular, if you are arrested on suspicion of DUI, you can immediately apply for a hardship license. There is no need to allow for "dead time" first.
Following are excerpts from a letter that we send to many of our clients. Please contact our law firm to request a complete copy of the letter.
"Effective July 1, 2013, Florida Law 322.2615 provides that, in certain circumstances, a driver who is facing an administrative suspension of his or her driving privileges may request a 'Review for Eligibility for a Restricted Driving Privilege' or a 'hardship license.' This ... requires a prompt decision. ... You may choose not to challenge the suspension [of your driving privileges] at a formal hearing and go immediately to having a 'hardship' license. This option is ... available if you have no previous DUI suspensions ... convictions or license disqualifications."
This sounds like a good opportunity to some people, but, according to the letter, "if you do not challenge your suspension, there will be a permanent entry on your driving record and it will be used against you if you are ever accused of driving under the influence. An entry on your driving record will probably impact your insurance rates. However, if you request a formal review and do not win, you will have a period of 'dead' time in which you cannot drive."
After a DUI and license suspension, a lawyer with knowledge and experience can help you make the critical decision of whether to request a hardship license or fight the suspension in an administrative hearing.
Many people accused of drunk driving believe that they cannot afford to hire a private criminal defense attorney. Delgado & Romanik offers free initial consultations and a variety of payment options, including credit cards, payment plans and assignments. We want to make it an affordable and manageable option for people who most need our services to find a way to pay the necessary attorneys' fees.
Contact us by calling 386.222.6677 or by sending us an email. We have offices in Daytona Beach and DeLand.