How to get my license back earlier?
I live in Florida and have a court date arriving for possession of marijuana; under 20 grams (misdemeanor) and possession of controlled IV substance (misdemeanor). I'm guessing my license is going to be suspensed and I'm wondering if there is anyway I can get it back early? I really don't want to have to wait years to get it back is there any courses I can take as well as paying some kind of fine to get it back instead of having to wait so long?
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It's important for you to know that if you are convicted, you will get a one-year drivers license suspension. There's no if and or butts and no way around it unless you hire a lawyer to fight your case and win it.
As too early reinstatement, after you serve a period of six months with no license, and assuming you do not drive during that period, you must first complete the DUI school which is going to cost you a few hundred dollars. Then you can sit for a hardship hearing and convince them that you need a license and they will charge you another $200, if they approve you for a hardship license.
Yes, I did mean the DUI school. That is the school they make you take when you have a drug related suspension after you have completed half of your suspension time, to sit for a hardship.
Besides the court costs which in Miami are close to $400 and I'm sure the rest of the state has similar amounts plus any fines and or probation, you will also be left with a criminal record. Why not try to avoid that and have your lawyer sealed or expunged your entire episode?
This is a no-brainer. Hire a criminal defense attorney to represent you and you may not even have to appear in court on this case.
In your position, it does not make any sense not to hire a criminal defense attorney to fight this case aggressively and keep you from getting a suspension or a criminal record.
Many of us offer a free consultation, reasonable fees and payment plans on top of that. I wish you the best of luck.
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The best bet to avoid the DL suspension is NOT (caps intentional) to eat a conviction.
Do you have a lawyer? If not then you should and if so then it's time to get to work...
Before you break out the shovel and dig your grave consider that you may enjoy viable defenses to the charges, affirmative or otherwise, or there may be factual, legal, procedural or substantive mechanisms by which to attack and beat the charges in your unique case, I do not know and the forum to find out is NOT on line; rather it is in the sanctity of attorney's offices, where your statements are privileged and cannot be used against you.
The best way for you to get competent advise is going to be to consult with an experienced and local criminal defense lawyer who can follow-up on your information with questions of her/his own, as well as review the police reports and whatever evidence that you may provide and then offer an informed opinion.
My advise: Get offline and into a skilled and experienced Port Orange area criminal defense lawyer's office. Use the "Find a Lawyer" feature on AVVO to locate proximate lawyers, make an appointment, show up on time, bring whatever evidence, documents or witnesses that you may have, engage in a meaningful face-to-face consultation and get yourself some advise which is legally sound and has been custom tailored as possible to meet your specific reasonable needs in your unique case.
I hope that I have been helpful in answering your question.
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You need an attorney! An attorney can advise you of ways to avoid the suspension. If you cannot afford one, ask for a public defender.
The best way to protect your license from an 893 suspension is to avoid the conviction. If, for some reason, your attorney is unable to negotiate a disposition where adjudication is withheld, then your license would be suspended for a period of ONE YEAR (as of 2014). If suspended, you may apply for a hardship license or for early reinstatement of your full driving privilege after serving SIX MONTHS of your one year suspension. I have included a link to a PDF document that outlines the specific requirements for early reinstatement. Good luck with your case - don't go to court alone, there are plenty of experienced lawyers who will handle your case for a reasonable flat fee.
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