Generally, the laws in effect at the time of re-instatement will govern the issuance of a hardship license.
I would need to know where and when your convictions took place, the sentence imposed, and review a copy of your Florida Driver's Record.
There may be a new law coming to allow hardship reinstatement for liftime revocations. Stay Tuned.
Generally for administrative purposes the language of the statute at the time of the infraction controls. Having said that if DHSMV is not being helpful, even folloing a hardship hearing, your only recourse maybe be attempting to withdraw your plea. Consider though if you are succesful the ramifications of that could worse than the lifetime suspension.
Unfortunately, I have had that same issue before. I appealed it once and was unsuccessful. There was a window during which you could have applied for a hardship even with a permanent suspension. It does not matter that you were not notified or even aware that the law was changing. That is one of the issues I appealed on. Unless they change the law, I do not know of any remedy at this time. I believe that you may be able to get a license in Colorado if you move there. Kind of a drastic remedy, but I have had clients who moved for that reason.
Your situation is somewhat common. The only viable option is to attempt to vacate one or more of the prior convictions to permit reinstatement of your driving privileges. This is a difficult and risky process. A complete investigation must be conducted to first determine if any legal grounds exist to vacate any of the prior convictions. If it appears there may be a basis, then a motion must be filed with the trial court. The trial court will then determine if you are entitled to a hearing on the motion. If so, the trial court will rule on your motion after the hearing.
Even if you succeed in vacating the conviction, then the case can be prosecuted again and any earlier plea agreements are typically rescinded. This could result in more serious sanctions being imposed if you are convicted again.
I am surprised that your third and fourth DUI convictions were misdemeanors. You got lucky. In Florida, third and subsequent DUIs are charged as felonies and it is the prosecutor's responsibility to find out whether there were prior convictions. The prosecutors are directed to count prior DUI convictions from "anywhere in the world." For practical reasons, they can only research DUI convictions from within the United States.
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