Being arrested and subsequently convicted for a DUI is a traumatic experience
to endure and you might be unsure what to expect in the aftermath. Of
course, one of the most pressing questions you might have is whether or
not you can drive. You still have to take care of certain necessities
and obligations, such as grocery shopping or traveling to work or school.
If this is your first conviction, you might be able to drive after a conviction,
though there are some restrictions and requirements.
Conviction and License Reinstatement
Upon your first conviction, it is possible you might serve a term of imprisonment
that will last no more than 6 months, in addition to fines and community
service. Your vehicle might also be impounded for 10 days, which are not
counted during your incarceration. Afterward, if you are interested in
reinstating your license and this is your first DUI conviction, you can
apply for a hardship license before the expiration of your revocation
period. It is also possible that DUI school completion and treatment might
be required for you to obtain a hardship license.
If you choose to wait to reinstate your license until your revocation period
ends, you will still be required to show proof of enrollment or completion
of a DUI school and treatment. Failure to do so within 90 days after reinstatement
will result in the cancellation of your driver’s license until the
required course is completed. If you take a test or go through treatment
and fail, this might also result in the cancellation of your driver’s license.
Whether you are applying for a hardship license or reinstatement, you must
also take a required examination and pay an administrative fee as well
as a reinstatement fee. You must also have proof of bodily injury liability
insurance in the amount of $100,000 per person, $300,000 per occurrence,
and $50,000 for property damage liability on the arrest date or proof
of liability coverage and a reinstatement fee of $150 or up to $500 for
If you are able to obtain a hardship license or reinstate your license,
you might also be required to install an ignition interlock device. The
device will require you to blow into a breathalyzer to start your car.
If the reading is not clean, your car will not start. It will also require
you to blow into it at various intervals while driving. All readings are
recorded and reviewed.
Should I Hire an Attorney if I’m Arrested for a DUI?
Many people often think that a DUI arrest is a guaranteed conviction, but
this is not the case. It is possible for equipment to give false readings
and, if you believe you were wrongfully charged, it is crucial to consult
a skilled DUI attorney to protect your rights. As mentioned above, a DUI
conviction can result in high fines, time spent imprisoned, DUI courses,
treatment, community service, and difficulties getting your license reinstated
or obtaining a hardship license.
Daytona Beach DUI Defense Attorneys
At Stepniak & Park, we have effectively handled hundreds of DUI cases
over the past two decades throughout Central Florida. If you are facing
DUI charges, our Daytona Beach defense team might be able to get your
case dismissed, charges reduced, or find alternatives to incarceration.
With over 35 years of combined legal experience between our two lawyers,
you can be confident in our ability to serve as your fierce legal advocate.
Get started today and contact our office at (368) 868-4771 to schedule
a free consultation with a trusted member of our team.