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Facing a charge of second offense of driving under the influence (DUI) in Florida has serious consequences. One such consequence is the loss of your license. This loss could last for as much as five years following the DUI charge. Fortunately, an experienced Gainesville DUI lawyer can help defend you against this charge and assist you in reinstating your license. The process for reinstating your license after a second offense is somewhat different than it was following your first offense:
- After second offense DUI in Florida, you are not eligible to apply for a hardship license if the second offense occurred more than five years after the first offense. The maximum amount of time that you will lose your license is one year.
- You must wait until the full period of time has expired in which you lost your license before applying for reinstatement.
- If your second offense occurred within five years of your first offense, you will lose your license for at least five years.
- Under these circumstances, you may apply for a hardship license, but not until after the first year is up.
- You must obtain a favorable recommendation from the Special Supervision Services Program to be eligible for a hardship license.
- If granted the hardship license, you must remain in the program for the duration of time while you have the hardship license.
Choosing the right attorney to represent you is your best defense following a charge of second offense DUI. Our free guide, Ways to Possibly Avoid a DUI Charge or Conviction in Alachua County, provides additional information about fighting a charge of DUI. To learn more about defending against DUI charges, contact an experienced Gainesville DUI attorney today. Call the Law Office of Jeffrey Meldon & Associates at their toll free number: 800-373-8000.