If you are facing a charge of driving under the influence in Naples, you are likely wondering about the possible penalties you may be facing if you are convicted. Losing your license will likely occur should you be found guilty of a DUI. Here is what you need to know about how long a suspension may last and what you will need to do to have your driving privileges restored.
According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, the length of a license suspension depends largely on a person’s history of drinking and driving. If you already have a DUI conviction on your record at the time you are sentenced for a new infraction, the length of suspension will be much longer than if you are a first-time offender.
In some circumstances, you may be eligible to apply for a hardship waiver to have some of your driving privileges restored before the suspension period is up. For example, if you have never been convicted of a DUI in the past and your case did not involve a serious injury, you can apply for a hardship license at any time during the suspension. However, if you are facing a subsequent conviction, you may not be eligible to claim a hardship at all or may be required to wait a certain amount of time before being eligible to apply.
For any suspension, regardless of how long, you will have to pay all required fees before your license may be reinstated. You will also need to pass a test. If the judge ordered you to complete DUI School, you will also need to complete that in a timely manner. This is provided as general information on this topic and is not intended to be legal advice.