How to get my driver’s licenses back

Catching a DUI (driving under the influence) charge could cost you $5,000 or more in fines and court fees by the time it’s all said and done, not to mention possible jail time. It will most likely also cost you your driving privileges for a period of time. In Florida, the penalty for a first offense is a minimum of 6 months without a license.  The simple solution is to not drink and drive, ever. However, if you’ve already received a DUI, it’s a little late for that. Here’s how to get your driver’s license back:

1.) What’s the penalty? When you go to court your hearing, the judge will determine how long your license is suspended and what you need to do in order to get it back. Usually, for a first offense, your driving privileges will be suspended anywhere from six months to three years, and will need to attend some sort of DUI class or even treatment to get your driver’s license back.

2.) What are the requirements for a hardship license? A hardship license is a restricted license you can get after a DUI conviction. Basically, it allows you to drive to work, school, and church even if your driving privileges are suspended. There is usually a revocation period, and you must apply for a hardship license within this period of time in the county that you live in. You must be enrolled in DUI class or treatment, if referred, before you can get your hardship license. If you fail to complete the DUI class or treatment within 90 days of getting the hardship license, they will cancel it. If you still do not comply, they may revoke your driver’s license for an even longer period of time.

3.) Pay the fees: Losing your license is expensive, and usually to get your driver’s license back, you will have to pay certain fees. You have to cover the cost of DUI classes or treatment, if the judge refers you. Also, when the time comes to get your driver’s license back, you will have to pay a revocation reinstatement fee, an administrative fee, and any license fee that is required.

4.) Provide proof of insurance: Before October 1, 2007, you needed to show proof of proof of bodily injury liability insurance in the amount of 10,000 per person and $20,000 per occurrence and $10,000 property damage liability on the arrest date or proof of bodily injury liability coverage and a $15 reinstatement fee will be required. For convictions after October 1, 2007, to get your driver’s license back, you must provide proof of bodily injury liability insurance in the amount of 100,000 per person, 300,000 per occurrence and 50,000 property damage liability on the arrest date or proof of liability coverage and a reinstatement fee of $150 up to $500, for subsequent violations will be required.

5.) Get an interlock device: For DUI convictions after July 1, 2002, you must get an ignition interlock device on your car to get your driver’s license back. This device requires you to blow into a device that tests your Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) before starting the car.

I have multiple DUI’s. How can I get my driving record back to normal?

DUI, or Driving Under the Influence, can cost you money, your driving privileges, even your freedom. If you are caught driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.08% or more, you can be charged with a DUI, and it will go on your driving record.

Just one DUI conviction can cost around $5,000 in court costs and other fees. Once you get one, the conviction can stay on your driving record for a very long time, affecting whether or not you can get auto insurance, and hiking the price way up if you do find a policy. A DUI on your driving record could also affect your ability to get a job if you work in a field that requires you to drive.

Everyone thinks that a DUI conviction will be erased off of your record after a certain number of years, but this is not the case. Unless you take the action to have your DUI, or multiple DUI’s expunged from your driving record, your DUI’s could stay on there indefinitely.

There is a certain amount of time that a DUI is supposed to stay on your record before you can pay the fee to have it expunged. The amount of time varies by state. In most states, a DUI conviction will only stay on your record for 7-10 years. In Florida, a first conviction is on your record for 75 years!! Getting your DUI expunged from your record also generally depends on whether or not you rack up any more driving violations in the meantime. This means if you have multiple DUI’s, you may never be able to get your driving record back to normal.

However, the first step to getting your driving record back to normal if you have multiple DUI’s is to check out the DUI laws for your state. Keep in mind that your criminal record and your DUI record are not the same. In some cases, the judge may decide to downgrade your charges on your criminal record to, say, reckless driving, but you will still have a DUI on your driving record. And, if you don’t get your DUI expunged off your driving record, it will still show up on your criminal records. Even if you don’t work in a field where you will need to produce your driving record, most employers will run a criminal background check before they hire you.

The second step in getting your driving record back to normal if you have multiple DUI’s is to consult an attorney. They can help you with getting your driving record back to normal. A DUI attorney may be able to file motions to get your DUI convictions bumped down to reckless driving, if you complete certain classes or community service projects. Usually, getting a DUI expunged is complex. It is difficult to navigate on your own, especially if you have multiple DUI’s. An experienced attorney will know what to do to get your driving record back to normal.