If arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol, going to court to address the criminal charges is generally something people expect to do. What some Florida residents may not realize, though, is that there is an administrative side to a DUI charge that almost always must be addressed. Tackling the administrative side of this is a must if you want to protect your driving privileges.
If you think that the entirety of your DUI case is handled in a criminal courtroom, you are not alone. Many people are not aware that they have to schedule and attend administrative hearings to address license suspensions. These hearings are completed by the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.
At the administrative hearing, you’ll have the opportunity to fight for your license. To do this requires challenging the basis for the license suspension. This can be done by questioning the arresting officer, which can be an intimidating thing to do on your own. Luckily, you do not have to. You have the right to legal counsel to help you through these proceedings.
The administrative hearing is not something you want to ignore. It is something you want to address as soon as possible. If you can successfully challenge your license suspension, you could have your license restored in a matter of days. To learn more about how an experienced Florida-based criminal defense attorney can help you with both the criminal and administrative sides to your DUI case, please take a moment and visit our firm’s website.