Driver's License Restoration in Panama City

Getting Back Behind the Wheel After a DUI

Most people think of driving as a right, whereas it is in fact a privilege. In order to drive on the streets and highways in Florida, you must comply with the requirements for licensing and avoid committing traffic violations which can lead to a revocation. In the event that you have lost your license as a result of a conviction for DUI, you may be facing a period of between 180 days and a year without driving privileges, or more if you have any prior drunk driving convictions on your criminal record. If you are like most people in Panama City and depend on being able to drive in order to commute to work and carry out the errands necessary to everyday life, this could have an enormously disruptive effect on your life.

The good news is that you may be able to have your driver's license restored before serving the full term of your suspension. Provided that you can meet certain eligibility requirements, you can petition the court for a hardship driver's license which will make it possible for you to commute to and from work so that you can continue earning the income to support yourself and your family. An attorney from Shepard Law, P.A. can represent you in the hardship hearing, making a strong argument to the judge for why you deserve to be allowed to get back behind the wheel.

Panama City Hardship License Requirements

If this is the first time you have been convicted of drinking and driving, you can apply for a hardship license after enrolling in and completing a court approved DUI school. You may additionally be required to install an ignition interlock device, which will require you to provide a breath sample before starting your car and at random intervals while driving. A failed test will be reported to law enforcement, and the vehicle will be immobilized on the spot. For a second conviction within five years, you will have to serve one of the five years of your revocation period before completing the DUI school and installing the IID. You will additionally be required to report regularly to court ordered counseling and treatment, and to demonstrate that you have not consumed drugs or alcohol for at least a year. For a third conviction, you will have to wait two years before applying for a hardship license, and for a fourth conviction you will not be eligible for any type of reinstatement.