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How long is a license suspension for a DUI?

If you have been pulled over for a DUI, your first thought may be about your driver’s license. If you are convicted of a DUI in Florida, you will lose your license. How long the suspension is depends on whether you have prior DUIs on your record. The Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles notes the length of a driver’s license suspension is longer for subsequent convictions and situations involving serious injuries or death.

For your first conviction, you will lose your license for a minimum of 180 days up to a maximum of one year. However, if you caused serious injury to someone as a result of your DUI, then your license is revoked for three years. You may apply for a hardship license, which means you have a limited license while under suspension. To be granted, you have to meet certain requirements, which may include completing treatment and DUI school.

If you have one prior conviction, your license could be suspended for up to five years. It depends on when your last conviction was. If it was within the last five years, then you license is suspended for five years. If it was longer than five years ago, you will have a suspension period of 180 days to one year. Again, you can apply for a hardship license.

A third DUI conviction within 10 years of a previous conviction means a suspension period of 10 years. If your third conviction is not within 10 years, then you will face the minimum 180 days to one year suspension. You may not be eligible for a hardship license. If you are, though, you have to wait at least two years before one will be granted.

If you are facing a DUI for the fourth time or more than fourth time, your license is suspended indefinitely. You cannot apply for a hardship license until five years have passed. This information is only intended to educate and should not be interpreted as legal advice.


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