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DMV Formal Review Hearings

Florida DMV Formal Review Hearing Representation

We Can Fight to Protect Your Driving Privileges

A DUI arrest is never a pleasant experience. Arrested and placed in the back of a police cruiser, it may seem as if life as you know it has come crashing down. Beyond the pain and embarrassment that comes with any DUI arrest, some consequences can affect your very livelihood. DUI arrests come with an automatic suspension of your driver’s license, meaning you may struggle to maintain employment or even carry on with life as usual. Fortunately, the state of Florida offers the option of a DMV review hearing, allowing those arrested the chance to regain their driving rights.

If you are charged with a DUI, you owe it to yourself to find an attorney who thoroughly understands the complexities of Florida’s legal system. In this unfortunate situation, you need a lawyer who is ready to fight for you. At The Berman Law Group, we are committed to fighting your suspended license and work tirelessly to clear your name. We have five convenient offices located in Boca Raton, Deerfield Beach, Orlando, Stuart, and Gainesville.

If you need an experienced DUI defense attorney, call The Berman Law Group right now at (800) 375-5555 for a free consultation.

What Is a DMV Formal Review Hearing?

When an officer arrests a driver for a DUI, the arresting officer will usually issue something called a “DUI citation,” which also operates as an administrative suspension notice. In fact, this administrative suspension is a suspension of the operator’s driving license.

However, drivers do have the option of fighting to remove the suspension from their driving record. After a DUI arrest, drivers only have a 10-day window to apply for a DMV review hearing. These hearings allow drivers to argue that their administrative suspension is invalidated and should be removed from their driving record.

Differences between a Formal & Informal Review

When requesting a DMV review hearing, it is in the driver’s best interest to ask for a “formal” review hearing, as opposed to an “informal” review hearing.

The critical difference between DMV formal review hearings and informal hearings is that formal proceedings allow for the presentation of evidence and witnesses – including cross-examination. On the other hand, informal reviews only allow submitted evidence. A hearing officer will examine the materials collected from the driver and arresting officer and determine whether or not the administrative suspension is invalidated. No testimony is allowed during the informal review process.

Formal DMV review hearings are beneficial for drivers, as many times the arresting officer or specialist who conducted the breathalyzer test may fail to appear at the hearing. This means that drivers have a good chance of having their suspensions overturned and invalidated. However, if a driver fails to overturn their suspension, they will suffer a 30-day hard suspension on their license. Therefore, it is critical that anyone undertaking a DMV formal review hearing in Florida obtains an attorney.

If you have been arrested and charged with a DUI, it is imperative that you seek legal counsel immediately after you are charged. Make sure you get a trusted and experienced DUI defense attorney who is willing to fight for your rights.

Schedule your free consultation with The Berman Law Group – contact us at (800) 375-5555 today.


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