Sarasota DUI Attorney
A DUI—driving under the influence—can ruin your life. On top of tens of thousands of dollars paid in fines, driving rehabilitation expenses, punitive damage to victims, DMV expenses, and insurance premiums, you risk going to jail and having your good standing social status within your community wiped out completely. Your profession may be at risk, as well as your relationships, child custody, volunteer positions, and more. Do not let a DUI ruin your life. Call the experienced Sarasota DUI defense attorneys at Hale Law for assistance.
DUI Convictions in Florida
Under Section 316.1934, it is illegal to operate a motor vehicle with a BAC (Blood Alcohol Content) of 0.08 or greater. Penalties for having a BAC of 0.08 or greater include the following:
- First Conviction—Fine of up to $500, maximum imprisonment of six months, minimum 50 hour community service, substance abuse education program, mandatory reporting, driver’s license revocation of 180 days minimum and up to one year maximum, 10 days impounded vehicle.
- Second Conviction—Many of the previous penalties except a fine of up to $1,000, installment of ignition interlock on the defendant’s vehicle, five year driver’s license revocation if within five years of the previous DUI, and up to nine months in jail.
- Third Conviction Within 10 years Previous Convictions—Fine of up to $5,000, third degree felony including up to five years in prison, mandatory imprisonment of 30 days, 10 year driver’s license revocation, and 90 day impounded vehicle.
A fourth conviction will result in a third degree felony and permanent revocation of the defendant’s driver’s license. Additional penalties are included if the driver had a minor in the vehicle with them during the DUI or if the driver caused bodily injury or property damage to another party. Furthermore, if the driver failed to submit to a DUI test, under Florida’s implied consent law that driver will be charged with a DUI and a license revocation of 18 months for a first offense (as opposed to six months if they submitted to a DUI and blew 0.08 percent or greater).
The Facts About DUIs in Florida
According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), there are around 300,000 drunk driving incidents per day, 290,000 DUI-caused injuries per year, and well over 10,000 DUI-caused fatalities annually. Here in Florida, roughly one third of traffic fatalities are caused by intoxicated drivers. Driving under the influence causes a driver to lose motor control, have poor reaction time, have impaired visual tracking, engage in risky behavior, and more. The dangers of drunk or buzzed driving are known, which is why any time a driver blows 0.08 or higher on a BAC breathalyzer test, or refuses to take a breathalyzer, law enforcement will arrest that driver and prosecutors will use the full extent of the law to impose maximum penalties.
The Sarasota Criminal Defense Attorneys At Hale Law Can Help
There are a variety of defenses for DUI charges, including inaccuracy of sobriety test, crime of necessity, entrapment, duress, administration errors, and more. To get started on clearing your name now, call the Sarasota DUI defense lawyers at Hale Law, P.A. today at 941-735-4529 to schedule a free consultation.