If you just received your first DUI charge, you must consider how a conviction could affect your day-to-day life.One of the most common issues for those convicted of a DUI is the restriction placed on driving after a conviction. Even for first-time offenders, it is possible to lose driving privileges for anywhere from 180 days to a full year from the date of the conviction.

If a person does see their driving privileges suspended, they may be able to apply for a hardship license in the county where they live. Different areas consider different issues when determining whether or not to issue a hardship license, so be sure that you understand the qualifications for your specific county.

In order to reinstate your license, you must generally pay a number of fines after the determined waiting period and must provide appropriate proof of insurance. The terms of what is appropriate may vary, so be sure that you understand exactly what is required by your particular county if they vary from the state-level qualifications.

In general, a DUI can end up being not only expensive, but also may take away your ability to drive for a number of months or even a full year. Fortunately, DUI charges are still a long way from a DUI conviction. Especially if this is your first offense, be sure to consult with an experienced DUI defense attorney who understands how to navigate the local justice system to protect your rights. You may actually have an opportunity to build a strong defense against the charges and possibly get them dismissed.

Source: Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, “Driving Under the Influence (DUI),” accessed Sep. 29, 2017