If your license is suspended as a result of a Florida DUI conviction, you will need to attend traffic school in order to get a hardship reinstatement. For a first-time DUI conviction in Florida, your license will be suspended for 180 days to 1 year, and you must complete 12 hours of traffic school.
If your license is reinstated, you have 90 days to complete traffic school; failure to do so will result in a license cancellation. For a second conviction within 5 years, you are required to complete a mandatory 21 hours of traffic school.
The Level I DUI program, which is a minimum of 12 hours, takes place in a classroom and features both direct teaching and interactive activities. The Level II DUI program, which is a minimum of 21 hours, focuses much more on the interactive teaching style, and addresses issues pertinent to a repeat offender.
A Florida-certified DUI program must be used in all cases in order to receive a license reinstatement. The state maintains a list of certified programs, and costs vary. The average cost for the Level I program is roughly $250, while the Level II program costs roughly $400. In addition to the cost of the program, attending driving school generally interferes with work hours, requiring time off and lost income.
For more information on DUI cases in Florida, read our article on the costs associated with a DUI in Florida.
Contacting a Miami DUI Defense Attorney
If you are facing DUI charges in South Florida, your legal team is your best defense. Contact the Miami DUI defense attorneys at Falk & Ross to discuss your case – 1-877-663-5110.