Driving Under the Influence (DUI) in Florida
If you or someone you know has been charged with Driving Under the Influence, we can help. It is important that you act quickly or risk waiving very important legal rights. In addition to the criminal charge there are also administrative penalties that need to be addressed within the first 10 days of your charge. At Warren and Skaggs, we understand the consequences that flow from a DUI can seriously affect your life and we are ready to guide you through the process. Whether your resolution is charges dropped, a plea, or a trial, we will be there to discuss your options for the best possible resolution.
A first time DUI has moderately severe penalties, but a second, third, or subsequent DUI charge can have very severe consequences. It’s important to look at the entire set of circumstances that led to the charge. An experienced attorney may be able to discover that the stop never should have occurred or may be able to have the charge reduced. Avoiding the charge all together is the best outcome. It is important that you discuss the case with an attorney as soon as possible to determine the best course of action for you.
If a request for a hearing with the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles is not made within ten days a driver’s license suspension will take effect. There could be several reasons why your driver’s license should not be suspended. It is important that your attorney review the evidence surrounding the charge to help you with the hearing.
In addition to the administrative consequences, the criminal consequences are many, and may include jail, fines, probation, DUI course, substance abuse treatment, community service, ignition interlock device on all vehicles, and impoundment of all vehicles registered to the defendant, including vehicles driven by your family members. Further if the DUI charge is the third within 10 years of a second conviction, or the fourth or subsequent charge, it becomes a felony offense with possibly even more severe consequences, including prison, higher fines, and possible permanent driver’s license suspension.
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