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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

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Remember, the only sure way of avoiding the lifelong consequences of a DUI conviction is to not drink and drive!

However, if it is too late, do not make another mistake – hire an experienced DUI/DWI attorney to represent you and do it ASAP, don’t wait! You can contact us today at 800-373-8000.

The experienced Trial Attorneys at Meldon Law are dedicated to preserving the rights of the accused.


Pictured above – Dan Weisman, Jeffrey Meldon, and Carey Meldon have a combined 60 years of legal experience representing people in Gainesville, Florida and Alachua County, Florida accused of DUI/DWI and other criminal charges. They wrote the DUI Guide for Alachua County – Ways to Possibly Avoid a DUI Charge or Conviction. Request your free copy today.


This free no obligation book, written by a team of experienced DUI defense criminal trial attorneys, gives insight into what a DUI charge is, ways the State can prove the charge, and possible legal defenses.

Being charged and convicted of DUI is best avoided by not drinking and driving! This book also gives information on what it takes to be over the legal limit, how alcohol affects the body, plus much, much more!

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