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Can My License Be Revoked for a DUI?


Driving under the influence of any substance that impairs your ability to operate a motor vehicle is an offense taken very seriously by Florida law enforcement. If you’re accused of drunk driving, your license may be in danger, among the other penalties you may face. 

These include fines, possible imprisonment, loss of your driver’s license, and more. You may even risk losing your license if you don’t take action. If you find yourself facing DUI charges do not hesitate to contact Hersem Law today for a free strategy session to start building a strong defense.   

What Does it Mean to Have Your License Revoked?

You worked hard to obtain your driver’s license. Hours of drivers education, months of driving while supervised, and having to pass a written test and demonstrate that you will be a competent driver. This can all be taken away when being charged with impaired driving.

Unlike a suspension, if your license is revoked it means that you permanently lose your ability to drive legally for a period of time. You will not be able to keep your license in your possession and will need to surrender it to the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). If you need proof of identification for any reason you will have to find an alternate form of documentation. 

How Long Will Your License Be Revoked?

There are certain statutes under Florida law that govern the length of time your license will be subject to revocation. If this is your first offense without bodily injury to another party, a minimum of 180 days with a maximum of one year is imposed. If bodily injury is incurred this increases to a minimum of three years revocation. 

Second offenses within five years from the first conviction will result in a minimum of five years revocation but may be eligible for hardship reinstatement after one year. If the second charge is five or more years after the first incident, it defers back to the timeframe of a first offense. 

Third offenses within ten years of the second conviction incur a penalty of a minimum of ten years revocation. Hardship reinstatements may be considered after two years have passed. If the third conviction occurs ten or more years after the second, this also reverts back to the same penalties as a first offense. 

Regardless of when your prior convictions occurred, your fourth offense comes with steep penalties. Mandatory permanent revocation of your driver’s license is enforced. You may be eligible for hardship reinstatement after five years. The penalty period begins upon the date you are released if your conviction results in incarceration. Manslaughter charges hold even stricter penalties regarding license revocation.

Protect Your License with a DUI Lawyer in Tampa

Being charged with a DUI can be a stressful and uncertain time. Trying to navigate the charges against you and the impact they have on your livelihood is not something you have to do alone. The experienced lawyers at Hersem Law are here to provide you with the legal support you need during this tough time. There are steps you can take to get your license reinstated, reach out to Hersem Law today to create a game plan to get what you’ve worked so hard for back. Call us at 813-251-7291 or complete the online form below. There’s no obligation—just results.