In Florida, a DUI conviction will almost certainly result in a driver’s license suspension. Penalties for commercial drivers are even worse and the chance of getting your license suspended is higher if you were driving a commercial vehicle at the time of arrest.
If you operate a bus, truck, taxi, limousine, or any other commercial vehicle and are arrested for driving while intoxicated, it is wise to contact a DUI lawyer as soon as possible for legal counsel. This is regardless of what is at stake – whether your liberty or a driver’s license suspension. A lawyer will conduct an independent investigation and help you understand the seriousness of the charges against you. If your commercial driver’s license is eventually suspended or revoked, they will help you file an appeal to have it reinstated, if possible.
What does it mean to have your commercial driver’s license suspended in Florida?
Having your Florida commercial driver’s license suspended means having to surrender it to the Florida DMV. Avoid any unnecessary delays in surrendering your driver’s license as this would lead to additional inconveniences such as a prolonged suspension period. The suspension period counts from the day you submit the license, so it is important that you do it as soon as possible in case a suspension appeal doesn’t work.
The DMV will send you a mail notifying you of the suspension before it begins. Suspensions largely depend on the violation and the suspension period will be specified in the notification mail.
DUI offenses usually carry the highest penalties and may be the hardest to reverse in Florida. Other offenses that could lead to a commercial driver’s license suspension include failure to pull up at a traffic stop, failure to pay a ticket, or violation of child support terms. If you are found guilty of an alcohol-related driving offense, your license may be suspended for a minimum of three months and a maximum of one year.
What to do following a commercial driver’s license suspension in Florida
As pointed out above, the first thing to do once you are arrested for any driving offense is to contact a lawyer. If your offense is alcohol-related, a DUI lawyer is in a better position to have your license suspension decision reversed than a non-specialist lawyer. Also, bearing in mind the DMV decision doesn’t affect court cases linked to the driving offense, choosing a seasoned DUI lawyer will help you handle both cases without getting caught in a conflict of interest scenario.
If you decide to appeal the suspension decision, the appeal should be submitted to the local court or the court that gave you the suspension. Your local FL DHSMV can assist you submit a more informed appeal.
Reinstatement of a suspension that resulted from a DUI offense may be a little difficult to go about. You will need to enroll in or complete a DUI course and prove you are subscribed to a bodily injury liability insurance cover.