I Got a DUI in Florida! Does That Mean I’ll Get Points on My License?

Whether you’re visiting Florida or you live in the state, getting a DUI can be a major inconvenience. Whether you use your vehicle to transport your family to and from appointments or have to drive for work, if you get a DUI in Florida you may be facing a suspension of your license. But, will you also face the additional penalty of getting points on your license?

In this brief article, a DUI defense lawyer in Clearwater with Russo, Pelletier & Sullivan who shared whether the point system applies to your license after a DUI and how to get back on the road. 

Does a DUI Put Points on Your License?

Before we answer the question of whether or not a DUI puts points on your license, let’s discuss a few basics of what the point system is. The point system in Florida is the method in which violations are scored, so to speak. 

Different violations carry different point values – for example, reckless driving conviction would add four points to your license, while speeding can add three to four points depending on how fast you were driving. If you receive too many points within a given period of time, you may be facing suspension of your license. 

To answer the original question, a DUI doesn’t add points to your license, but that’s because your license is likely already being suspended and a conviction for DUI, in and of itself, will cause significant insurance ramifications. Under Florida DUI law, a DUI charge carries the possibility of two different driver license suspensions: an “administrative” suspension which occurs on the night of the arrest, or a “court-ordered” suspension. A court ordered suspension only occurs upon conviction for the DUI offense.

How Can I Get My License Back After a DUI?

If you rely on your vehicle, you may be able to challenge an administrative suspension. In some cases, you may be eligible to immediately apply for a hardship license following your arrest. However, it’s critical that you contact DUI lawyers in Clearwater to help ensure that you meet the necessary deadlines to do so.

Defense for a DUI with License Points or Suspension

If you were charged with a DUI and are facing a license suspension, call our team of DUI lawyers in Clearwater. Our team at Russo, Pelletier & Sullivan may be able to work to get your charges reduced, and will help you learn your options to clear points from your license and get back on the road. Contact us today.

Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.

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