DUI Defense

 

DUI Defense

DUI, or Driving while under the influence is a criminal offense which implicates a driver operating a motor vehicle on a public road while they are under the influence of alcohol or other banned substances.  Individuals in the state of Florida can be arrested by an officer if they are determined to have failed breath & field sobriety testing.  

To be considered “under the influence” in the eyes of the law the drive needs to have a BAC (Blood Alcohol Concentration) level of .08% or more.

  • Age 21 or older: BAC .08%
  • Age <21 (Under 21): BAC limit of .02%
  • Drivers with Commercial licenses: BAC limit of .04%

DUI Defense

DUI, or Driving while under the influence is a criminal offense which implicates a driver operating a motor vehicle on a public road while they are under the influence of alcohol or other banned substances.  Individuals in the state of Florida can be arrested by an officer if they are determined to have failed breath & field sobriety testing.  

To be considered “under the influence” in the eyes of the law the drive needs to have a BAC (Blood Alcohol Concentration) level of .08% or more.

  • Age 21 or older: BAC .08%
  • Age <21 (Under 21): BAC limit of .02%
  • Drivers with Commercial licenses: BAC limit of .04%

Penalties for DUI

DUI offenses are considered very serious as many accidents happen that also include manslaughter and other tragedies.  The severity of the proescution will be based upon whether you have a previous record, your BAC, and the severity of damage during the incident.

 

Penalties for 1st DUI offense:

  • Drivers License Revocation – 1 Year
  • Improsnment – 6 Months
  • Probation – 1 Year
  • Community Service – 50 hours
  • Fine – $1,000
  • Vehicle Impoundment – 10 days

Penalties for 2nd DUI offense:

  • Driver’s License Revocation – 5 years
  • Imprisonment – 9 months
  • Mandatory Minimum Imprisonment – 10 days
  • Fine – $2,000
  • Vehicle Impoundment – 30 days

DUI under 21

A driver who is under the age of 21 faces slightly different procedure and penalties upon a conviction for driving under the influence. Florida law enforcement is authorized to detain an underage driver if law enforcement has probable cause to believe the driver was driving with any amount of alcohol in his or her system.

  • Upon detaining the driver, law enforcement has the right to request that the driver submit to a blood or breath test to determine his or her alcohol level.
  • An offense of this nature is neither a criminal offense nor a traffic infraction and is punishable by administrative license suspension alone.
  • If your blood alcohol concentration is .08% or greater (above the legal limit for adults), you may face criminal charges and the possibility of imprisonment, heavy fines, and having a criminal record.

    DUI under 21

    A driver who is under the age of 21 faces slightly different procedure and penalties upon a conviction for driving under the influence. Florida law enforcement is authorized to detain an underage driver if law enforcement has probable cause to believe the driver was driving with any amount of alcohol in his or her system.

    • Upon detaining the driver, law enforcement has the right to request that the driver submit to a blood or breath test to determine his or her alcohol level.
    • An offense of this nature is neither a criminal offense nor a traffic infraction and is punishable by administrative license suspension alone.
    • If your blood alcohol concentration is .08% or greater (above the legal limit for adults), you may face criminal charges and the possibility of imprisonment, heavy fines, and having a criminal record.

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