Business Purpose Only (BPO) Driver’s Licenses: When Can I Apply For a BPO Hardship License?
Florida permits application for a hardship, Business Purpose Only (BPO) license after a first-time DUI conviction. To qualify for a BPO license, an offender may be required to successfully complete “DUI School” or any other mandatory substance abuse evaluation(s).
Generally, a first-time DUI offender must abstain from driving for 30 days, if the driver took the breath test. However, a license may be suspended for up to 90 days, if the driver refused the breath test before becoming eligible for a hardship license.
Remember, a judge may add an additional condition of release to your bail or “release on your own recognizance,” such as no driving at all until the case is concluded. Aggravating factors, such as: causing property damage, personal injury, or death; having a minor present in the vehicle; or submitting a breath test with a very high BAC (.15 BAC or above), may also result in a longer suspension.
My advice: consult with an experienced DUI attorney to take timely action. For more information, request a free copy of A DUI Guide for Alachua County or see additional DUI resources online at https://www.meldonlaw.com/practice_areas/dui-and-criminal-defense.cfm.
For more information:
- I was recently arrested for DUI, and I am worried a driver’s license suspension will cause me to lose my job. How long can I drive? What should I do?
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