DUI and Administrative Review Hearings – Florida DMV

When someone gets a DUI, after they get over the initial shock of being arrested and going to jail, the next real problem is their driver’s license. The ticket you get when you get arrested for DUI is only good for 10 days of driving. (They take your driver’s license when you get arrested, at least they’re supposed to.)

In order to keep your driver’s license, at least for the next 30 or so days, you must file for a formal or informal review with the Bureau of Administrative Review. Any good attorney will do this automatically if you hire them within the first few days after you are arrested.

Note that the administrative hearing, and the loss of your DL through DMV is entirely separate from the criminal process of a DUI. You can beat the DUI in criminal court, but still lose your DL through DMV. But if you win the administrative hearing, it’s often easier to get the criminal part of the DUI reduced. What this accomplishes is you keep your DL and your insurance doesn’t skyrocket like it would with a DUI conviction. Keep in mind that DUI’s are not seal-able or expunge-able so the arrest and conviction will always be on your record.

Daniel Pawuk, has a ton of experience with administrative hearings, and has recently been incredibly successful in winning them. Last week he won one on a very narrow area of the law which many experienced lawyers may have missed.

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