Driving Under the Influence (DUI) Under Florida Law
Orlando DUI Defense Attorney
If you need an Orlando DUI lawyer NeJame Law can help. Driving under the influence of an alcoholic beverage (DUI), or drunk driving, is a serious offense in Florida. The defense of DUI cases may be challenging and should be handled by highly experienced drunk driving defense lawyers. Each Orlando DUI attorney at NeJame Law has the knowledge and experience required to fight your DUI case.
Under Florida Law DUIs are usually charged as misdemeanors. However, the consequences of being convicted of DUI are severe and long lasting, and will impact your professional, personal and social life. That is why you need to have an experienced Orlando DUI lawyer defending your rights.
If you are charged with DUI in Orlando or in any other place in Florida:
- You will be kept in jail for at least 8 hours.
- Your license will be suspended immediately.
- If your license was valid at the time of the incident, you will be allowed to drive with your DUI ticket for the next 10 days.
- You have 10 days from the day of the incident to request a formal review hearing and get your drivers license back; this is known as the ten day rule.
- A temporary permit may be obtained to allow you to drive for up to 45 days until your hearing date.
Driving Under Influence (DUI) - Penalties
- DUI Schools
- Up to 6 months in jail
- Suspension of your driving privileges for
- a minimum of 180 days and a maximum of a year.
- Not less than 50 hours of community service
- Not less than $250 or more than $500 fine plus court costs
- Not more than one year probation
- Victim awareness program
- Vehicle impoundment
- Permanent DUI conviction on your record for life, which means criminal record
Someone accused of a second DUI faces harsher pensalties, including more lengthy and costly advanced DUI School, higher fines, an ignition interlock device placed in their car for at least year, longer license suspensions and the possibility of longer jail sentences. Depending on the date of a person's prior conviction, a jail sentence may be mandatory. A person convicted of several DUI’s may likely be charged as a felon. Felony DUI may result in up to five years in state prison. Also, a person with multiple DUI convictions can lose there privilege to drive—FOREVER.
If you have been charged with drunk driving in Orlando or in any other place in Florida, you need to be aware of the "Ten Day" Rule. This rule states that a driver has 10 days from the DUI arrest date to request a formal review hearing and challenge the Administrative Suspension of the driver license. If this hearing is requested within this 10-day period, a temporary license will be issued. This license is good until seven days after the hearing. If the formal review hearing is not requested within this ten-day period, your driver's license will be suspended. The suspension will apply for 6 to 18 months, depending on your specific case. You are allowed to drive using your citation as a driving permit during the first 10 days after your DUI arrest.
Fighting a DUI case requires special skills, extensive legal knowledge and a lot of experience in the criminal justice system. Our experience comes from having represented thousands of clients charged with DUIs. A skilled Orlando DUI lawyer at our Florida law firm will review your case to determine if you were unlawfully charged. We will use every available resource to fight for your case and get the best possible outcome in your best interest, trying to avoid extended suspension of your driving privileges and helping you to get your life back to normal.
Watery eyes, flushed face, slurred speech, stumbling, sleepiness, or alcohol odor observed by policeman, do NOT legally demonstrate high alcohol content in your blood. The use of breath analyzers is also controversial and we could challenge its results.
Contact our Experienced Orlando DUI Lawyer
If you or someone you care about has been charged with drunk driving, or DUI, in Central Florida, contact an experienced Orlando DUI lawyer from NeJame Law. We handle cases in Orlando and throughout Central Florida including the cities of Winter Park, Kissimmee and Windermere. Our Orlando DUI lawyer can be reached 7 days a week at (407) 500-0000. You may also e-mail us at Defense@NeJameLaw.com or fill out our online form and one of our Drunk Driving Defense Lawyers in Orlando will contact you back.