If arrested for DUI in Palm Beach County, Florida, you will be taken to jail and held for a minimum of eight (8) hours. Upon your release, you will no longer have your driver’s license as police confiscate it. In its place, you receive a DUI citation, it looks like a traffic ticket but it’s a “Notice of Suspension.” It is notice that your privilege to drive an automobile has been suspended or revoked administratively by the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicle, hereinafter referred to as DMV. This Notice of Suspension also acts as your driver’s license for 10 days.
Ten (10) days from your date of arrest, you or your DUI attorney must request a hearing to contest or invalidate the suspension. This administrative hearing is often referred to as a formal review hearing. Failure to request this hearing will result in suspension/revocation of your driver’s license. The administrative hearing/formal review hearing is separate and apart from your Palm Beach county criminal case. It is crucial that you contact a Palm Beach County DUI lawyer within the 10-day period so that they may assist you in the administrative hearing.Formal Review Hearing in Palm Beach County, Florida
Florida is one of the most difficult places in the country to live without a driver’s license. Stores, businesses, and universities are spread out and difficult to visit. Public transportation is time consuming and limited to certain areas. There are two shopping malls in Palm Beach County, one in Boca Raton and the other in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. If you can’t drive, you will certainly have difficulty. Accordingly, the Law Office of Roger P. Foley understands and will challenge the validity of the administrative suspension. We will request a formal review hearing on your behalf and obtain a temporary permit for you.
The Law Office of Roger P. Foley has been defending DUI cases since 2004. We are very experienced in defending administrative suspensions caused by a DUI arrest. Regardless of the law enforcement agency that arrested you; Palm Beach Sherriff’s office, West Palm Beach Police Department, Boca Raton police department, Delray Beach PD, Florida Highway patrol or any other agency, we have the knowledge and experience to help you. DUI attorney, Roger P. Foley is a member of the National College of DUI Defense, has successfully completed many DUI courses and is recognized by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, or NHTSA, as DUI Instructor. Attorney Roger P. Foley has successfully completed the same course given to police in the academy as well as the advanced DUI course given to select police officers. DUI Attorney became a NHTSA DUI instructor in 2019. Teaching the same material taught to police officers is an advantage when challenging DUI suspensions. The Law Office of Roger P. Foley is available to defend your administrative suspension and DUI criminal case. Call the office at 561-746-7076.Administrative License Suspension Hearings- An Overview
- DUI License Suspensions in Palm Beach County
- Probable Cause-Every DUI must begin with PC to stop the motor vehicle
- DUI Administration Suspension of your driver’s license can be invalidated
- Sworn testimony equals transcripts, another reason to fight the DUI administrative suspension
When arrested for Driving Under the Influence of drugs and/or alcohol (Breath Alcohol Content of .08 or greater) you license will be administratively suspended by DMV for a period of six (6) months. If you failed to submit (refused), for the first time, to give a breath, urine or blood test when requested by police, you will receive a twelve-month (12) license suspension. First time suspensions are eligible for a Hardship license. See below. If it’s a second or subsequent refusal then your privilege to drive will be suspended for eighteen (18) months. You are not eligible for a hardship/business purposes only license.
DMV License Suspensions for DUI begin from the moment of arrest. DMV suspensions are administrative and separate and apart from your criminal court case. The police take your driver’s license when you are arrested. When released from jail, eight or more hours later, they keep your license, and give you a DUI citation that gives you “Notice of Suspension”. Most people say, “DMV” however the official name in Florida is Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicle (DHSMV). Within DHSMV, the Bureau of Administrative Review (BAR) Office deals with DUI administrative suspension.
Palm Beach County Bureau of Administrative Review BAR Office is located at 1299 W. Lantana Road, Lantana, FL 33462Probable Cause-Every DUI Must Begin with PC to Stop the Motor Vehicle
In order for a police officer to make observations consistent with alcohol or drug impairment there must be personal contact with the driver of the vehicle. Accordingly, he must have a reason for that contact. Probable cause for the stop of the vehicle often comes from a traffic violation, such as speeding, or failure to maintain a single lane. If a police officer observes such a violation it gives that officer probable cause for the stop.
Traffic violations are not the only way an officer can have contact with a driver. It can be through a consensual encounter. For example, one can be sitting in their car outside a bar or restaurant and the police officer approaches and starts a conversation and during that conversations the police alleged to observe signs of impairment giving them reasonable suspension to begin a dui investigation.
A “Welfare Check” is another way police can come into contact with a driver. If the police receive a call that someone is passed out behind the wheel they can do a public welfare check wherein they are on scene to medically assist a sick or injured person. They may observe indicia of impairment that gives them sufficient reason to begin a DUI investigation.
DUI Checkpoints are another way police can have contact with a driver. The driver may not have committed any traffic infractions but when they drove through the required checkpoint their car may have been randomly stopped. During that brief encounter police may observe indicia of impairment, giving them reason to begin a DUI investigation.
Each and every DUI defense attorney must attack the stop of the vehicle in both the administrative hearing and in the criminal case. Successfully attacking the stop, a 4th amendment issue, will lead to invalidation of the license suspension and dismissal of the charges.DUI Administration Suspension of your Driver’s License can be Invalidated
When your license is suspended based on a DUI arrest, and you request a Formal Review hearing, it is difficult to invalidate the suspension but not impossible. Most successful arguments at the DUI administrative hearing are:
- Mistakes in the evidence packet that police provide to the BAR office, For example, police reports, DUI citation, etc.,
- Refusal affidavit not attested to,
- No probable cause (pc) for stop of vehicle,
- Police officer fails to show for hearing, after subpoena, and does not supply good cause within 48 hours of hearing.
- Breath Tech operator fails to show after subpoena and no good cause given,
- DUI packet not submitted prior to hearing,
- “Arrest Affidavit” not sworn/attested to,
- Defendant did not refuse to supply breath, blood or urine,
- No reasonable suspicion to begin DUI investigation (rarely granted),
- Missing element of DUI- no actual physical control,
- Failure to read implied consent,
- Police lacked prerequisite observations to establish impairment, ie. odor, flush face, bloodshot watery eyes, slurred speech,
- Credibility of officer- rare but established by conflicting testimony of officers or civilian witnesses,
- Intoxilizer 8000 (the breath testing machine) not in compliance,
- Documents fail to establish PC for stop or arrest or missing vital information in same and DUI defense attorney strategically chooses not to subpoena arresting officer. Personal favorite of attorney Foley.
- Breath Samples invalid- for example machine error or law enforcement failure to observe 20-minute rule
The Law Office of Roger P. Foley understands that good cause must be shown for a Palm Beach County Judge to allow depositions in a Misdemeanor DUI case so he often uses the sworn recorded testimony of police officers and civilian witnesses from the DUI Administrative hearing/Formal Review hearing to compare and contrast reports and use in lieu of a deposition. This sworn testimony often provides the information necessary to file motions to suppress in the DUI criminal case. Frequently, the Law Office of Roger P. Foley requests and are granted depositions in misdemeanor DUI cases. Having multiple sources of information, police reports, sometimes DUI video, BAR transcript of sworn testimony from DUI administrative hearing/Formal Review Hearing, and the deposition can prove useful in defending DUI cases. These materials are searched for conflicts and inconsistencies. Conflicts and inconsistencies often lead to reduced police credibility and can lead to reasonable doubt in a DUI trial. Formal Review Hearings/ Administrative hearings from DUI suspensions in Palm Beach County are extremely important in fighting your West Palm Beach DUI charges. Do not hesitate. Call the Law Office of Roger P. Foley at 561-746-7076.