When a person is charged with DUI in Florida, there are two different ways for that person's driver's license to become suspended:
1. The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles can suspend someone's license if the person refused to submit to a lawful breath, blood, or urine test or if the person had an unlawful blood-alcohol or breath-alcohol level of 0.08 or higher; and
2. A criminal court must suspend a person's driver's license for a period of time if that person is convicted of DUI.
How long the suspension lasts is determined by such factors as:
a. Whether or not the person has ever previously refuse d to submit to a lawful breath, blood, or urine test; and
b. Whether the person has any prior convictions for DUI.
Because an individual's driver's license can be suspended under several different scenarios, it is essential that a person facing the suspension of her license consult with an experienced DUI attorney and that she do so as quickly as possible since there are various deadlines that she must comply with if she wishes to challenge the suspension of her license.