DUI Charges

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Driving Under the Influence (DUI)

If you have been charged with a DUI (Driving Under the Influence), you face severe consequences, including suspension of your driver’s license, fines, probation, and possibly jail. It is important to hire a DUI lawyer as quickly as possible to protect your rights. Under Florida Statute 316.193, to be convicted of a DUI charge, the prosecutor must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you were driving or in actual physical control of a motor vehicle within the state, and at the time you were driving you were under the influence of alcohol or drugs to the extent that your normal faculties were impaired, or that at the time of driving your blood or breath alcohol level was more than 0.08. DUI cases can be defended in many ways depending on the particular circumstances of your case. The defense of a DUI case depends on many things, including whether alcohol and/or drugs are involved, whether there was an accident, and whether there was a blood, breath or urine test. An experienced defense attorney can discuss your options based on the facts of your case.

The possible minimum punishments vary based on the number of past DUI convictions, and the amount of alcohol in your system if you provided a blood or breath sample. Each individual’s criminal history may also impact any discretionary punishments.

For a first time DUI conviction with an alcohol level less than 0.15, you can expect fines and court costs of approximately $1000, 1 year of probation, driver’s license suspension of 6 months to one year, up to six months in jail, a 10 day vehicle impoundment, DUI school with evaluation and treatment, and 50 community service hours. If the alcohol level was above 0.15, the court costs and fines are approximately $1500, the jail term can rise to 9 months, and you are required to install an ignition interlock device in your car for 6 months. The penalties for subsequent DUI convictions increase substantially and include mandatory jail time and much longer license suspensions.