In Florida, if a driver is suspected of driving under the influence and refuses to take a blood, breath or urine test after an arrest, they will have their license automatically suspended unless a Formal Review Hearing with the Florida Department of Motor Vehicles is requested within ten (10) days of their arrest. A Florida DUI Lawyer can help you request a hearing with the Florida DMV and potentially help save your license.
Requesting a Formal Review Hearing
Florida law states that a person must request a Formal Review Hearing from the Florida Department of Motor Vehicles within 10 days after a DUI arrest. The purpose of the formal review hearing is to contest the immediate license suspension and to get driving privileges reinstated. If a driver does not request a formal hearing within ten (10) days, then the result is an automatic license suspension. However, during that ten-day period following the initial arrest for DUI, the citation actually serves as a temporary driving permit.
Formal Review Hearing is Civil in Nature
Many individuals do not realize that the Formal Review Hearing with the Department of Motor Vehicles is civil in nature and has nothing to do with the actual criminal case for your DUI arrest. The result of the Formal Review Hearing will have no effect on criminal DUI charges and a ruling against you has no effect on the potential outcome of your DUI arrest. A Florida DUI Lawyer will attend the formal hearing with you and advise you of the outcome and what effects, if any, the ruling will have on your criminal disposition.
If you have been arrested for a DUI, please contact an experienced Florida DUI Lawyer for a Free consultation. We will assist you in requesting a formal hearing with the Florida DMV.