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DUI Attorney in Dade City, FL

Were you arrested for DUI in Dade City, FL? If so, contact an experienced drunk driving defense attorney at the Sammis Law Firm. We represent clients on a wide variety of DUI charges throughout Pasco County, including the breath test case and the refusal to take the breath test.

Call 813-250-0500 to find out what you need to do today to protect all of your rights and have the best chance of avoiding a DUI conviction in Dade City, FL. In addition to the criminal case, you should also fight the DUI administrative suspension of your driver's license initiated by the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV).

10 Day Rule in DUI Cases

Remember that you only have 10 days after your arrest to file a request for a formal review hearing with the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. If you fail to do you, your driver's license will be automatically suspended for a period of six (6) months for a breath test reading over the legal limit of 0.08 or for a period of one year for an alleged refusal to submit to chemical testing case.

If your license has previously been suspended after a DUI arrest, you may be facing a driver's license suspension of twelve (12) to eighteen (18) months. If your driver's license is administratively suspended after a DUI arrest in Dade City, Florida, you may be apply for a business purpose only or hardship license after serving out a "hard suspension" period during which you can not drive for any reason.

If you took the breath test and blew over the legal limit, then a 30 day hard suspension will result, meaning that you can not drive for any reason for 30 days. If you allegedly refused to take the breath test, then your hard suspension will be for 90 days for a first offense. The only way to avoid this suspension is to fight and win your Formal Review Hearing with the DMV.

Starting July 1, 2013, the Florida legislature also created a third option for a person with no prior DUI suspensions. That person can waive any right to a review hearing in exchange for a "waiver review hearing" to seek immediate reinstatement of the driver's license. The individual must also show proof of enrollment in DUI school and pay a $25 application fee. Despite the fact that you can waive all of your rights in exchange for immediate hardship reinstatement for a first offense, hiring an attorney to demand the formal review hearing is the only way to invalidate the suspension and have it removed from your driving record. 

Schedule Your Free Consultation Over the Phone or in the Office Today

Contact the Sammis Law Firm today to fight out what steps you must take in the 10 days after your arrest to preserved all of your options for the best result in your driving under the influence or drunk driving (DUI) case. Call 813-250-0500 today.

This article was last updated on Friday, February 13, 2016.