Driving under the influence (DUI) is a criminal charge that can affect people of all ages from all walks of life. Although DUI is a common criminal charge for people to face, the consequences are no less serious. A DUI conviction comes with serious consequences in Florida. Even a first-time DUI conviction can result in $1,000 in fines, jail time, license suspension and other consequences with your insurance company.
The penalties increase with abnormally high blood alcohol content (BAC) levels or a prior DUI conviction on your record. A third DUI conviction is considered a felony, which could result in up to five years imprisonment.
Combining Experience In DUI Defense With Insight Into The Opposition
Make sure you work with a committed DUI attorney who can provide solid defense against these charges. As a Hollywood DUI defense lawyer and Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Trial Law, I have defended many people against a range of criminal charges, including drunk driving charges.
I understand that DUI charges can affect anyone. Do not let one mistake ruin your life. I will help you understand your options and walk you through the entire process of defending against DUI charges.
DUI Charges In Florida
DUI charges are brought against people who are caught driving while impaired beyond their normal faculties. The legal BAC limit in Florida is .08, and the severity of criminal charges increases for those driving with a .15 or higher BAC. Defense against DUI charges usually involves investigating and challenging various aspects of the police officer’s actions:
- Challenging the stop: To make a legal DUI stop, the police officer needs to have a reasonable suspicion that a crime has taken place or will take place.
- Challenging field sobriety exercises: The standardized roadside sobriety tests have a number of problems that diminish their value in DUI charges. Performance in the sobriety tests is usually not an accurate indication of intoxication.
When the police violate your rights or something goes wrong with the breath and blood tests, it can result in the evidence being inadmissible, which could destroy the prosecutor’s case against you. As your attorney, I will explore all of the options for your DUI defense, and help you get the best results possible.