Driving Under the Influence (DUI) Under Florida Law
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Driving under the influence of an alcoholic beverage (DUI), or drunk driving, is a serious offense in Florida. The defense of these cases may be challenging and should be handled by a highly experienced DUI attorney. Help is Here! At NeJame Law we have 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 the 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.
Types of DUI charges Under Florida Law
There are several categories of DUI charges under Florida Law. The actual charge brought against you depends on different factors, including your blood alcohol level at the time of the offense, whether or not there was a drug detected in your system, the number of prior DUI offenses you have and the time elapsed since them, whether or not there were injuries or deaths in a DUI crash, as well as property damage. In general, DUI related offenses in Florida are classified into the following categories:
- First Time DUI- Punishable by up to one year probation or 180 days in jail. If the blood/breath alcohol was over .15 or a minor in the vehicle, then 270 days in jail. In certain counties, there are programs for first time offenders that can reduce the charge or dismiss it completely if the offender qualifies. For a first conviction there is also a fine of not less than $500 or more than $1000. If the blood/breath alcohol level was .15 or higher or a minor was in the vehicle, then the fine would be not less than $1000 or more than $2000.
- Multiple DUI - A DUI is an offense that is enhanceable after each conviction. A second DUI arrest within 5 years is still a misdemeanor but requires a mandatory minimum 10 day jail sentence along with probation if convicted. Another mandatory requirement is having an interlock device placed in your vehicle for two years.
- Misdemeanor DUI
- Felony DUI - A third or fourth DUI arrest will be treated as a felony. If the third DUI arrest is made within 10 years of the first conviction, then there is a mandatory 30 day jail sentence required and up to. That jail sentence can be served in the county jail or a rehab facility. will Along with the court sanctions, one will lose their driver’s license for a period of ten years with the option to get a hardship license after two.
- DUI Manslaughter - A DUI manslaughter is a second degree felony and carries with it a mandatory minimum 4 years prison sentence if convicted and up to 15 years. If convicted a person would lose their driver’s license for life and only eligible for a hardship after 4 years and be required to attend counseling and classes for the remainder of their life or while they intend to drive.
- Aggravated DUI
- Drug DUI/Driving Under the Influence of Drugs
- DUI with Property Damage - If a person causes property damage or an injury to another person while driving under the influence as a first offense would be charged with a first degree misdemeanor which is punishable by a year of probation or jail and a fine of not more than $1000 if convicted.
- DUI With Serious Bodily Injury - If a person causes serious bodily injury while driving under the influence will be arrested and charged with a third degree felony. The maximum punishment for that charge if convicted would be 5 years of probation or jail and $5000 fine.
- Commercial Vehicle DUI/CDL DUI
- DUI Under the age of 21/Zero Tolerance
- BUI/Boating under the Influence
- Metabolite DUI
- Low BAC DUI
- High BAC DUI
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 attorneys 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.