If you live outside the state of Florida and are arrested for a DUI here, you will likely endure some extremely frustrating moments while attempting to restore your privilege to drive in your home state. Once arrested for DUI here, the State of Florida will issue you a Florida driver's license number. The administrative suspension, imposed by the Department of Motor Vehicles, will not likely affect the status of your license in your home state.
A court imposed suspension, however, is entered into the National Driver's Registry database and will result in your privilege to drive, both in Florida and in your home state, being suspended. There are a number of steps you must take to qualify for a hardship license in Florida, which can be difficult and confusing, particularly if you submitted breath samples and the results were .15 or greater. You should be aware that although you may have a hardship license in Florida, your license will still be suspended in your home state, and additonal steps must be taken to resolve that issue. To clear the suspension in both states, you will have to comply with the DUI re-instatement requirements in both states.
If you are an out of state resident and are arrested in Florida for DUI, you should hire a DUI attorney who has vast experience in handling these types of matters and knows what they are doing. Trying to handle this on your own, or with someone who is not familiar with the process, can be disastrous. Call The Law Office of Timothy Hessinger today for a free consultation.