Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol is against the law in Florida, which means that if you are arrested and convicted in a court of law, you will be subjected to criminal and administrative penalties. These penalties can vary in severity depending on several factors, including the nature of your crime, any past criminal history you might have, and several other factors.
However, no matter what the circumstances, you can be assured that these penalties will be serious, and that your life will change significantly for at the very least the next several months. For this reason, you shouldn’t hesitate to speak with a Seminole County DUI attorney and get help fighting back against your accusations.
To schedule a free consultation, call The Law Office of David A. Webster, P.A. now at 407-326-0650 and speak with an Seminole County defense attorney about your DUI case!
Being charged with a DUI is always a serious matter, but for those who have no previous criminal convictions or arrests, the penalties you face will most likely be the least severe, especially if you’re just a little bit over the legal limit. Nonetheless, you shouldn’t plead guilty to a DUI without first discussing your options with an attorney and finding out if it may be worth it to contest your case and fight to preserve your freedom and your rights.
First time non-felony DUI offenders may face penalties including:
As mentioned previously, some factors can cause these penalties to increase dramatically, mostly depending on the circumstances of your DUI. For example, a standard DUI can be charged if you have a blood alcohol content of .08 percent or more, but a blood alcohol level of .15 percent or more can increase many of these penalties, such as up to a nine month jail sentence and fines ranging between $1,000 and $2,000.
Repeat offenders also face harsher penalties for their DUI charges. Under Florida law, a second DUI offense within five years of your first conviction can be counted as a second offense, and a third offense within ten years of the initial crime could be considered a third offense. The penalties for these charges are much more restrictive and life-impacting. A fourth offense could even result in you losing your driving privileges all together for the remainder of your life.
When it comes to mounting a defense for those who are charged with DUI, there are several options available. The most common way to defend drunk driving charges is by attacking the officer’s observations of what transpired prior to the arrest or challenging the validity of the evidence, such as the accuracy of chemical test results.
To learn about Florida DUI sentencing or to find out what exact penalties you might be facing, contact The Law Office of David A. Webster, P.A. online now!