Possible Penalties for DUI
Penalties for DUI can increase if a person has any prior convictions for driving under the influence. The number of convictions, when they occurred, and even whether you were represented can have dramatic affects on your license and penalties.
Penalties may also be different for persons under the age of 21. A breath alcohol limit of only .02 could be applicable in some of those cases.
If a person is seriously injured or killed, a DUI can result in the increased charge of Felony DUI or Manslaughter, each of which can carry a potential prison sentence or even a mandatory sentence upon conviction as charged. These cases must be addressed as soon as possible, and we urge you to act promptly.
We are often asked if a lawyer is necessary for a DUI charge. A conviction for DUI remains on a person’s record for 75 years in the State of Florida. Almost all states in the United States are connected by computer and honor other State’s suspensions. Because of the strict legal requirements on proof in a DUI case it is extremely beneficial to at least consult with a DUI defense attorney about your case. There is no fee to meet with us for a comprehensive consultation. The time is well spent talking about the particular aspects of your case, the different alternatives, and defenses which may be available to you. DUI is a large part of our practice and we have a great deal of experience in motions, negotiation, and trial of these cases.
We will be glad to speak with you about your particular case and what defenses and options may be available to you. Contact us. We can help.
The State of Florida has passed a law which requires an interlock device be placed on vehicles of certain people convicted of DUI. The program began July 1, 2003 and may affect you. If an interlock device is required there are additional costs of purchasing the device and monthly monitoring costs which may be involved should someone be convicted of DUI. A Judge may always order an interlock device. It is not presently required on a first conviction with a breath test reading of under a .15. An interlock device may be required on any other type of DUI conviction. It is important to discuss these possibilities in evaluation and defending your case. Please call us to discuss the interlock program.