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First Time DUI Frequently Asked Questions

Have you or a loved one been charged with your first DUI in Orlando? If so, the best option for you is to speak with an Orlando DUI Lawyer that can help you to figure out the best way to protect your rights and reduce possible penalties for you.

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What happens first when I get charged a DUI?

If you’ve been charged with DUI (Driving Under the Influence) in the State of Florida, there are several things you need to immediately consider. The first is hiring an attorney to represent your interests at two DHSMV hearings. The first of these hearings before the Florida Department of Highway and Safety Motor Vehicles is heard before a DHSMV employee and that employee’s job is to review your case while you are present. That DHSMV employee will then schedule a second more formal hearing where a decision will be made as to whether to suspend your license or not. In the State of Florida you must schedule your hearing within 10 days of being arrested for DUI, or you face losing your ability to drive by an immediate suspension of your driver’s license.

It is important for you to understand that this is separate from you DUI charge, and occurs before your individual DUI charges have even been addressed. Please contact Grozinger Law before this ten-day period expires so we can schedule the hearings for you and appear with you at the DHSMV hearings in order to save your license. If you do not, your license could be suspended for up to 18 months depending on the facts of your case.

What if this is my first DUI? Can I keep my license if I’m a first time DUI offender?

A new law enacted in July of 2013 may offer relief to those who have not had their driver’s license previously suspended for an alcohol-related offense. Specifically, Florida Statute §322.271(7) provides that the first time DUI offender can waive their right to an informal or formal DHSMV review hearing and apply for a DL Suspension waiver within 10 days of being charged with a DUI. If you qualify and your application and review are successful, then you will be immediately issued a “BPO” Business Purposes Only driver’s license that will be valid until your DUI charge is resolved in court. This is not a process that you want to address without an attorney, especially given the time limitations provided by the law. Call Grozinger Law today to get started on the process of saving your ability to drive while fighting your DUI charges.

What if this isn’t my first alcohol-related offense? Can I keep my driver’s license?

If you have refused to take a BAT (breath alcohol test) at least two times before, or have been convicted of Driving Under the Influence at least two times in the past, then you are not eligible for a hardship license.

However, if you don’t fall into either of those two categories, you complete the required DUI Counter Attack School and serve the hard suspension period of your administrative suspension, then you can apply for a Hardship review hearing with the help of an attorney. Please remember that this process is separate from the criminal DUI charge you are facing. Call Grozinger Law today at (407) 730-3085 so we can guide you through the process of requesting a Hardship review hearing so you can keep driving while fighting the DUI charges against you.

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Cory Stiles
Cory Stiles
21:21 12 Apr 19
Facing charges can be an extremely stressful time in a person's life, and if you are like me, the stress can feel like the weight of the world on your shoulders. From the the first time I spoke to Patrick, he displayed an extreme amount of reassuring confidence and professionalism when it came to my case. When meeting with Patrick, he thoroughly outlined everything he was going to do for my case from start to finish while constantly reassuring me that he didn't think it would go that far. He filed very comprehensive and thorough paperwork the same day I hired him and within a few weeks was able to get my charges dropped before they were even filed. If you want to sleep at night knowing you have someone working for your best interest throughout your case, do yourself a favor and hire Patrick Grozinger.
Willie Castro
Willie Castro
04:43 01 Nov 18
Mr. Grozinger did an awesome job. He was very informative right from the beginning. I saw all his reviews and they don’t lie. He got my charges dropped. I’d highly recommend Mr. Grozinger. Great Attorney with great results.
17:25 09 Apr 18
Amazing attorney and straight to the point. Knew exactly the steps to take and how we were going to get the best result on my case, highly recommend giving him a call
02:06 07 Apr 18
Thanks to my wife's online search and other's reviews, I had the pleasure of Patrick representing me in my criminal case. The results of the case were exceptional and everything was handled in professional and timely manner.
Drake Taphorn
Drake Taphorn
20:49 30 Mar 18
Patrick was extremely helpful in getting my case resolved in a manner that was most beneficial to me. He took time to understand my case and made me feel like he had my best interests at heart.
Jeremy E
Jeremy E
22:46 03 Mar 18
Very Good lawyer. He was confident in his ability to get my charges dropped and he did just that. He did a good job.
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warren thomas
19:59 24 Jan 18
I had used Mr Grozinger for my case. He was able to bring my case to a good ending. I found him prompt with returning calls and emails and kept me informed of the changes as they developed. He even followed up during, and even after my case was over to see how I was doing.
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