A conviction for DUI has serious consequences. You will have to pay a large fine, your insurance rates will skyrocket, and you may even have to serve jail time. If you have been arrested for DUI, you need a strong and effective defense effort.
Under Florida Law DUI means that you have been charged after it was proven that you were impaired of your “normal faculties” and have a blood alcohol level of breath alcohol level of .08 or above.
For you first conviction you will most likely face:
Fines: If this is your first conviction, your fine will be between $500-$2,000. If your blood alcohol level is .15 or higher, or you have a minor in the vehicle, the fine will be between $2,000–$4,000.
Community Service: If this is your first conviction, you will need to serve a mandatory 50 hours of community service or an additional fine of $10 for each hour of required community service.
Probation: For first convictions, the total period of probation and incarceration will not be greater than 1 year.
Imprisonment: Imprisonment is at the court’s discretion. Sentencing terms may be served at a residential alcoholism or drug abuse treatment program, credited toward the term of imprisonment. For the first conviction, you will receive not more than 6 months. If your blood alcohol level is .15 or higher or there was a minor in the vehicle, you will receive not more than 9 months.
The penalties are obviously higher for a second and subsequent conviction.
Successful Defense of DUI Charges
There are many reasons you need to consult with an attorney if you have been charged with DUI, especially if you think you have been wrongly charged or if the DUI charges are in addition to other charges such as reckless endangerment or if you were involved in an accident.
Our firm will carefully review the evidence in your case, looking for ways to obtain dismissal of the charge or reducing it to a lesser offense.
Potentially successful defense strategies include:
- Lack of reasonable suspicion for the police to stop you or probable cause for the arrest
- Errors in field sobriety tests and other procedures
- Inadmissible blood alcohol test results
- Biological factors
- And others
If the means for a successful defense of the charge exists, we will find it.
Representation in Court and the Administrative Review Hearing
You have only 10 days from the date of your arrest to request an administrative hearing to prevent the automatic suspension of your driver’s license.
The attorneys of Pappas & Russell have defended people accused of DUI and other criminal charges for more than 20 years. We are knowledgeable in the law and aggressively defend our client’s rights and freedom.
Call us toll-free at 866-995-1PRR (777) or send an e-mail to schedule a free consultation with an attorney.
Pappas & Russell can represent you in both the criminal proceeding and the administrative hearing. In many cases, we have been successful in obtaining dismissals of drunk driving charges or mitigating the penalties our clients receive. Our attorneys will do everything they can to defend your rights and freedom.
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For a free consultation with a lawyer about the defense of a DUI charge, call Pappas & Russell, toll free at 866-995-1PRR (777) or contact us online.
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