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Four Documents You Might Need To Replace, And Who To Ask For Help

Every U.S. citizen is given a social security number at birth, and this number stays with you your entire life. This is the number the government uses to identify you for things like paying taxes, applying for student loans, and can be linked to any criminal history record you have acquired. Other important forms of identification include your birth certificate, passport, and driver’s license. All of these things are needed when leaving the country, or getting on an airplane. If you do not have the proper identification when asked to present same, you can be detained and not allowed to travel or continue a trip you have already started. The inability to move freely from state to state, or to get on a cruise ship or take a flight to another location seriously hampers your freedom. But if you have misplaced your license or had it taken away, you might be wondering if there is something you can do in order to obtain a replacement. The answer is yes.

One of the most common ways to lose your license is to get a DUI. With every DUI case there is also an administrative proceeding that deals with your driver’s license, which is taken away from you during an arrest for DUI. You can get a modified license, but you can also obtain a state issued ID and forego your right to drive during your DUI case. Our suggestion is to seek administrative review of the suspension of your driving privileges and obtain a limited license, but if you fail to make that request in a timely way you will not be able to do so and may only have the choice to ask for an identification card. Aside from this type of ID, here are four other types of identification you may need to have replaced:

  • Social security card.
  • Birth certificate.
  • Medicare card.

The government can issue a replacement, but you have to fill out the proper forms when making this type of request. If your request is related to a document that has been taken from you as a result of a DUI or drug charge, it is smart to seek the assistance of a skilled criminal defense attorney when making your request. Vital information about your case may be required, and a trained DUI and criminal defense attorney will know what answers to provide. For more information, call us today.

If you have questions about DUI defense, and how it relates to your driver’s license or state ID, call our office. Schedule an appointment with an experienced criminal defense attorney in Stuart and the Treasure Coast. Your first visit is a free initial consultation.


How Do I Keep My License After A DUI Arrest?

A DUI case is not just a criminal case against you, it is also an administrative matter regarding your right to drive. Perhaps the most important thing to know about your license is the time frame within which you must take action, or you will not be allowed to do so later. You only have ten days after your arrest to request a hearing to keep your right to drive, and if you do not do so your driving privileges will be lost.

The law on driver’s licenses suspensions that accompany a DUI are as follows:

● If you took the breath test, the suspension lasts 6 months if you fail to request a hearing to maintain driving privileges.

● If you refused the test, your license will be suspended for a period of one year if you do not request a formal review of the suspension.

In many instances, those charged with DUI are able to maintain some level of driving privileges. You might be granted a modified license, which will allow you to travel to and from work and school, and certain activities such as attending church or Court ordered driver’s education courses. We know it is important for you to be able to get to work, so you can continue to support yourself and your family, so promptly request hearings regarding your license. Make sure you don’t miss out on the chance to keep your license, or obtain a modified one, by calling a competent DUI defense attorney immediately upon arrest.

For more information about how a DUI impacts your driving privileges, call an experienced criminal defense attorney in Stuart and the Treasure Coast. We work with you to tailor a defense that fits the specific facts of your case. We offer an initial consultation for no charge.

How Do I Keep My License If I Got A DUI?

keys with bottleWhen you receive a DUI you face not only the criminal DUI case, but also an administrative case regarding possible loss of your driver’s license. Losing your right to drive significantly interferes with your daily routine, and can cause disruption in your home. You may find yourself in need of carpooling with your spouse, or relying on a co-worker to get to your job. These factors may contribute to feelings of frustration and despair. So, when you receive a DUI it is critical you take the steps necessary to maintain your right to drive.

Florida statute dictates the punishment for DUI offenses. With regard to your license, the following rules are in place:

● If your blood alcohol content (BAC) was 0.08 or higher, you face loss of your license for up to 6 months.

● If you refused the breath, blood, or urine test to determine your BAC the period of time you may go without a driver’s license is up to a year.

● If this is a subsequent case, where you have refused testing before, the loss of driving privileges is up to 18 months.

To maintain your right to drive you must take immediate action after the DUI arrest. You have a very short window of time to fight the suspension of your license, and if you fail to do so you are not allowed a second opportunity. Experienced criminal defense attorneys know how to defend the criminal case while also fighting for your driver’s license. Protect your driving privileges by teaming with a qualified criminal defense attorney today.

If you have been arrest for DUI and have questions about how to preserve your driver’s license, call our office for answers. Schedule an appointment with an experienced criminal defense attorney in Stuart and the Treasure Coast. We aggressively defend you and work to maintain your driving privileges. Your first visit is a free initial consultation.