Florida DUI lawyer, Florida drunk driving lawyer, or Florida DWI lawyer: lawyers that defend DUI, DWI, or drunk driving cases in Florida should know about the “Ten Day” Rule. When someone is arrested for a Florida DUI, there are really two separate cases that arise: the court case, where a person’s liberty is at stake, and the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles case.
If you have been arrested for DUI, and you refused to take a breath, blood or urine test, OR if you took the test and your result is 0.08% or higher, you have only 10 days to request a special hearing with the FDHSMV to save your license.Failure to timely request a hearing will result in a penalty of at least a six-month suspension (and as much as an 18-month suspension) of your Florida driving privileges.
Florida DUI / DWI lawyers know that under Florida law, DUI is one offense, that can be proved in one of two ways: drunk driving can be proved by impairment of normal faculties, or unlawful blood alcohol or breath alcohol level of .08% or above. Florida DUI penalties upon conviction are the same, regardless of the manner in which the offense is proven.
The penalties and consequences for a Florida DUI arrest are serious and far-reaching. They include fines, jail, and administrative license suspensions from the court. They also can include license suspensions, separate and apart from those imposed by the court, which are imposed by FDHSMV.
However, if you or someone you care about has been charged with a DUI, the most important thing to do is to contact us for a free consultation at once.