Do you lose your driver’s license for a DUI?

During the initial consultation, one of the most frequent questions is: “Will I lose my driver’s license because of the DUI?” The short answer is that it depends. After a DUI arrest, your driver’s license is impacted in two ways.

First, the officer will often trigger an “on-the-stop” suspension when he makes the arrest. This suspension is called the “administrative” suspension because it occurs at the Florida Department of Motor Vehicles and Highway Safety (DHSMV). If you hire a DUI defense attorney at the Sammis Law Firm in Tampa, FL, we will demand a formal review hearing on your behalf to fight the administrative suspension. We can also hand you a 42-day permit so that you can keep driving during the time we are preparing for the formal review hearing. If the administrative suspension is invalidated, then you will not lose your driver’s license on an administrative basis.

Second, the court will impose another “court order” suspension if you are convicted of DUI. That court ordered suspension can be avoided by getting the DUI dropped, dismissed, or at least reduced to reckless driving (often called the “wet reckless”).

So although many people lose their license after a DUI, some people avoid it entirely. If your attorney is able to get your administrative suspension invalidated at the formal review hearing and if you avoid a DUI conviction in court, then you will not lose your driver’s license.

Call a DUI defense attorney at the Sammis Law Firm to learn more about the consequences to your driver’s license after a DUI arrest in Tampa or Hillsborough County, FL.

Call 813-250-0500 to discuss your case.


  1. bill
    Posted August 5, 2017 at 10:51 | Permalink | Reply

    How about some DUI justice reform how about justice reform in Florida period. This whole situation reeks of greed to many people believing this can go on forever. America is the modern Roman Empire in quick sand. We have a whole society of homeless people a lot due to this legal system. Many finding ways to live off of a Government hand out because they can not get employed mostly due to Florida’s legal system. When will the supposedly 100,000 lawyers of Florida decide to pull the plug on the machine?

    • Yizmo Gizmo
      Posted August 7, 2017 at 18:52 | Permalink | Reply

      I think lawyers in FLA profit off the anarchy. For example I think 20% of drivers have some sort of administrative suspension in kooky FLA. That’s a lot of arrests. That’s a lot of desperation. Do you think overlawyered FLA lawyers want this to stop? No, way, it would be financially disadvantageous. Same thing with the Draconian DUI laws; they lead to a sort of mass desperation that lawyers find lucrative. Cops and defense lawyers are, in a sense, birds of a feather…in other states it’s not quite so blatant.

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