Administrative Formal Hearings

After being arrested for DUI, the Department of Motor Vehicles will automatically suspend your driver’s license ‒ even before you appear in court. To preserve your right to drive in Florida, you must request a hearing within 10 days of your arrest for DUI. An administrative review hearing before the Florida Department of Motor Vehicles will then be scheduled within 30 days.

  • If you took a breath test and blew above .08, your drivers license will automatically be suspended for six months if you do not request a formal review hearing.
  • If you refused to take a breath, blood or urine test, your driver’s license will be automatically suspended for at least one year if you don’t request a formal review hearing.

That’s why it is imperative you take action within 10 days of your arrest.

Being arrested for DUI in Florida is serious business, even if it’s a first offense. At Epstein & Robbins, we’re ready to protect your driving record and your driver’s license. Contact an experienced attorney at our Jacksonville law office to schedule a free initial consultation. We are available 24/7. Call 904-354-5645.

An Administrative Formal Review Hearing

The administrative formal review hearing before the Department of Motor Vehicles is an administrative formal review hearing, not a criminal proceeding. That will come later.

The purpose of the administrative formal review hearing is to decide if the suspension will remain in effect.

A Department of Motor Vehicles administrative review hearing is especially important for your later criminal DUI defense because it gives your lawyer a chance to hear the evidence the police have against you and to challenge it. Sometimes the criminal charges will be dropped based on what happens at the administrative review hearing.

Don’t let this opportunity pass you by. Always request an administrative review hearing and always bring a lawyer with you to that hearing.

  • For answers to your questions about the DUI defense and the administrative and criminal process, see our Drunk Driving FAQ.

When the odds seem to be against you, put experience on your side. Call the Jacksonville DUI defense lawyers of Epstein & Robbins: 904-354-5645.