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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?

As an attorney handling DUI (driving under the influence) charges for over 30 years, I’ve found many clients have legitimate concerns that a suspension will keep them from getting to work or school. My recommendation: take quick legal action. Here are some general, first-offense guidelines:

  1. When arrested, the cop probably took your license, giving you a DUI citation, which acts as a 10-day temporary driving permit. (Read the citation fine print.)
  2. After 10 days, a license is generally suspended for six (6) months to one (1) year.
  3. You may gain more driving time by challenging the suspension and filing for a Formal Review Hearing (FRH)-within 10 days of the DUI citation. Until the FRH, you may be granted four (4) to five (5) weeks of business-purpose only driving. (link)
  4. If an offender does not file for or loses a FRH, then the six (6) months to one (1) year suspension begins immediately. Only after 30 to 90 days of suspension, may the offender file for a restricted, business-purpose license upon completion of “DUI School.”
  5. If you win the FRH, you may have your license reinstated without limitation.

My advice: consult with an experienced DUI attorney to take timely action and to protect your rights. For more information, request a free copy of A DUI Guide for Alachua County.

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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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