Administrative License Suspension Hearings

What is a DHSMV hearing?

The moment you are arrested for driving under the influence (DUI), you immediately have two problems, not just one. Not only do you have to face criminal prosecution for the charge of DUI, but you also have to fight the administrative suspension of your license by the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV or commonly referred to as simply DMV).

Once you are arrested on the suspicion of drunk driving your license will be taken and the arresting officer will issue a temporary, 10-day license. From that point, you have 10 days to request a hearing with the DMV to fight the suspension of your license so that you may continue driving. A recent change in Florida law also allows you to waive your formal review hearing and instead request eligibility review in order to obtain a business purposes (restricted) license.

DMV hearings are vastly different from what occurs in criminal court. In Miami, DMV hearings are conducted by the Bureau of Administrative Review and are held at the DHSMV Hearing Office located at 7795 West Flagler Street, inside Mall of the Americas.

If you do not request a hearing, or fail to take action altogether, your license will be suspended according to Florida’s DUI administrative license suspension laws. I only handle a limited number of DUI cases at a time to ensure that you receive the representation you deserve during these trying times.


Daniel Izquierdo
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Coral Gables defense lawyer helping clients accused of Federal Crimes, DUI, Domestic Violence & Sex Crimes.