Dealing with the DMV in Florida: Scheduling the DUI Administrative Hearing
The DUI review hearings are scheduled at the Bureau of Administrative Reviews local office. For cases originating in Destin, Fort Walton Beach, Crestview, that office is based out of Pensacola, FL. Increasingly, these reviews (both formal and waiver) are being done while on the phone.
As these processes continue to change and evolve, it has become increasingly difficult to receive a fair and equitable hearing in terms of due process.
With the clock ticking from the moment of the DUI arrest, those dealing with the Bureau of Administrative Reviews generally need their DUI Attorney to help facilitate the process, so that they do not miss important deadlines.
If a formal hearing request is made, that hearing must be scheduled within 30 days of the arrest.
It is particularly difficult to have all of the discovery materials from the State Attorney or law enforcement agency, including video evidence of a drunk driving arrest, within 30 days.
That is why it is imperative not to wait to start the process of securing the materials needed for the formal hearing.
When my office is retained on a DUI case, we start the process immediately. There are two important reasons why we need to act quickly.
First, we need to ensure (if eligible) that you would be able to obtain your temporary hardship permit without delay.
Second, the sooner we put out the requests for evidence, in the form of documents, records, reports, and videos; as well as issuing witness subpoenas; the better prepared we will be to fight for your license at the formal hearing.
The DUI ticket only allows for ten days of driving. So beginning with day one, it is important to start preparing paperwork to start the process of scheduling a formal hearing or the waiver review hearing.
The clock is ticking on your driver’s license. If you NEED to drive after a DUI in Okaloosa County or Walton County, Florida, give me a call at (850) 362-6655.