This guide provides a comprehensive overview of the legal process and potential consequences of a DUI charge in Florida. It includes a step-by-step guide on what to expect if you are charged with DUI in Florida, as well as tips on how to handle the situation and the importance of having experienced legal representation.
As a law firm specializing in DUI defense, it is important for our clients to have a clear understanding of the legal process and potential consequences of a DUI charge in Florida. Here is a step-by-step guide on what to expect if you are charged with DUI in Florida:
- Understanding the charge: A DUI (driving under the influence) charge in Florida refers to operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol level of .08 or higher, or while under the influence of drugs.
- Field Sobriety and Breathalyzer test: Upon being pulled over and suspected of DUI, the officer will likely administer a field sobriety test and/or a breathalyzer test. If the results of these tests indicate a blood alcohol level of .08 or higher, or if the officer observes signs of drug impairment, the individual will be placed under arrest and charged with DUI.
- Refusal to submit to a test: It is important to note that refusing to submit to a breath or blood test can result in an automatic suspension of your driver’s license for a minimum of one year, regardless of the outcome of the DUI case.
- Initial court appearance: After an individual is charged with DUI, they will have their initial court appearance, also known as an arraignment, within 24 hours. At this point, the individual will enter a plea of guilty or not guilty.
- Plea and sentencing: If the individual pleads guilty, they will be sentenced immediately. If they plead not guilty, the case will proceed to trial.
- Penalties: Penalties for a first-time DUI conviction in Florida can include fines, community service, probation, and mandatory DUI classes. In some cases, the individual’s driver’s license may also be suspended. Additionally, a first-time DUI conviction can result in up to six months in jail. A second conviction within five years can result in a mandatory minimum of ten days in jail, and a third conviction can result in a mandatory minimum of 30 days in jail.
- Contact a DUI defense attorney: It is important to have legal representation to help navigate the legal process and potentially reduce or dismiss charges.
- Consult with the Law Office of Mahmud Yennes, PLLC: If you or a loved one has been charged with DUI in Florida, contact our experienced and dedicated legal team for representation.
- Don’t drink and drive: Remember, DUI is serious crime, it’s best to not drink and drive.
In summary, a DUI charge in Florida is a serious matter with potentially severe consequences. It is important to understand the legal process and potential penalties, and to have experienced legal representation to help navigate the case. The Law Office of Mahmud Yennes, PLLC is dedicated to providing our clients with the best possible defense. If you or a loved one has been charged with DUI in Florida, don’t hesitate to contact us.