Not only do drunk driving victims experience life changing consequences, but a DUI conviction in Florida can have devastating impact on the lives of defendants and their families. They may face massive fines, the loss of their license and even jail time. If you have been charged with a DUI in Florida, A Florida DUI attorney can look at your case and develop defenses to protect your freedom and your family’s future.
In Florida, an individual is guilty of driving under the influence when they operate or control a vehicle while having a blood alcohol level of at least 0.08 grams of alcohol per 100 milliliters of blood, or a breathalyzer reading of at least 0.08 grams of alcohol per 210 liters of breath.
A vehicle does not have to be in motion. The statutory language, “actual physical control,” means that an intoxicated person sitting in the driver’s seat with keys to turn on the car could also face DUI charges.
Even in those cases, those charged with a DUI should consult with a Florida criminal defense attorney.
If you have been accused of a DUI in Florida, do not underestimate the severity of the charges that you face. Depending on the nature of the violation, your may face the following:
Many Florida DUI cases are prosecuted as misdemeanors, however, there are some situations in which a DUI can be prosecuted as a felony. You should speak with an experienced Florida DUI lawyer to learn about the severity of your charges and the best available defenses.
Every DUI case is different, and the outcome depends largely on the facts of each individual case. However, Florida law lays out the different charges that a driver may face when caught driving under the influence.
If you have been charged with your first DUI in Florida, you could be facing fines, jail time and additional penalties. Below is a breakdown of penalties for first time DUI convictions:
A conviction for a second Florida DUI is treated with greater penalty. Below is a break down of the fines, prison terms and additional penalties you may face for a second DUI:
If you have been convicted of two DUIs, the third conviction will carry significantly harsher penalties. Below is a breakdown of the penalties that a third time offender may face:
Those facing a fourth DUI conviction can expect to receive an even harsher sentencing. Not only do repeat DUI offenders face lengthy jail time, but they may lose their license for life. Below is a breakdown of the fines and jail time that fourth time offenders may face:
If you are facing a DUI charge, there may be a number of available defenses to help mitigate the consequences of your DUI charge. For example, a skilled Florida DUI attorney can attack the legality of the initial traffic stop, question the accuracy of the blood alcohol test, question to the reliability of the evidence, challenge the credibility of the arresting officer’s determination that you were impaired.
Hiring an attorney immediately after a DUI arrest can help you understand your DUI charges and potential defenses to those charges.
If you have been charged with a DUI in Florida, it is critical that you contact a Florida DUI attorney immediately. Florida DUI penalties can be severe and can negatively affect your life and your family’s life for years to come. Hiring a Florida criminal defense attorney can help protect your freedom and your future.
Contact the Florida criminal defense attorneys at Salnick Law, P.A. today by using the form below.
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