It’s important to understand that when a person is charged with driving under the influence here in Florida, they are facing some potentially serious consequences. Indeed, this is the case even for a first-offense DUI, as a conviction could result in fines of up to $1,000 and up to six months behind bars. Furthermore, it can also result in a license revocation of anywhere from 180 days all the way up to one year.
It’s also important to understand, however, that once this license revocation period is over, a driver’s license is not magically reinstated. Indeed, the person affected by the suspension will actually have to complete a rather onerous license reinstatement process.
Reinstating a driver’s license after a first-offense DUI
If the person elects to wait until the expiration of the revocation period before trying to reinstate their license, they should be aware that they will have to present the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles with proof of either completion of or enrollment in court-ordered treatment and/or DUI School.
In fact, any failure to complete DUI School within 90 days of the license reinstatement will result in automatic cancellation until such time as the coursework is completed. Similarly, the failure the complete court-mandated treatment will also result in automatic cancellation of the license.
A person will also be required to pass the required examination, present proof of adequate insurance, and pay a host of costly fees (administrative fee, reinstatement fee, license fee, etc.).
While those convicted of first-offense DUI do have the option of attempting to secure a hardship license granting limited driving privileges, completion of both treatment and DUI School is a prerequisite.
The foregoing once again serves to underscore just how serious the consequences for a DUI conviction — even for a first offense — can prove to be. As such, if you are facing drunk driving charges, please do not hesitate to consider speaking with an experienced legal professional as soon as possible.