Any conviction for Driving Under the Influence (first time offense) requires the court to order the suspension of your driver’s license for at least six (6) months. It’s important from the outset to contact an experienced DUI attorney so that your ability to drive is interrupted for as little time as possible. If you sign up for the DUI School, you may be issued a Business Purposes Only permit to drive while your DUI case is pending in court. If you get convicted of DUI, you may be eligible for the same type of driving permit if you have successfully completed the DUI School. This type of permit allows you to drive to work, to attend school, to attend church, and go to the grocery store.
There are many consequences to drinking and driving, such as high fines, insurance rate hikes and so forth, but, often times, the most important is that it may affect your ability to drive. It’s important that you know how you can still maintain your ability to drive if this happens to you.
Ray Lopez has practiced since 1990, with prior experience as a Hillsborough County assistant State attorney and lawyer for the Tampa Police Department. He handles all criminal charges, from traffic violations and misdemeanors to serious felonies and federal drug charges. He practices in all state and federal courts of the Tampa Bay area and throughout Florida, as well as criminal appeals, juvenile court, administrative hearings, and civil forfeiture proceedings.