Florida – Driving under the influence (DUI)
If you are arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) in Florida, you should:
- Remain calm and cooperate with the police: Do not resist arrest or make any statements that could be used against you in court.
- Contact a lawyer: You should speak with a lawyer as soon as possible to protect your rights and discuss your options. Reach out to one of the attorneys at the Law Office of Mahmud Yennes, PLLC for more information.
- Request an administrative hearing: In Florida, you only have 10 days to request an administrative hearing with the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) to contest the suspension of your driver’s license.
- Attend your court hearing: You will need to appear in court on the date and time specified in your citation or summons.
- Comply with any court orders: If you are convicted of DUI, the court may impose a number of penalties, including fines, community service, and mandatory classes. It is important to follow all court orders to avoid additional legal consequences.
It’s important to note that the consequences for a DUI in Florida can be severe, even for a first offense. In addition to the criminal penalties, you may face a suspension of your driver’s license, an increase in your insurance premiums, and other consequences. If you are charged with a DUI, it is important to seek legal assistance to help you navigate the legal process and fight the charges.