First-Time DUI Charges in Florida
Counsel from Our Dedicated Clearwater DUI Lawyers
When it comes to drunk driving and DUI charges, the state of Florida sees defendants from every walk of life. These charges are often not the result of intentional ill will or recklessness, but a simple lapse in judgment from otherwise law-abiding citizens. However, our state takes these drunk driving cases seriously and can provide numerous penalties if a conviction is reached.
Before you plead guilty, explore your defense options with former prosecutors and trial lawyers who know how the state of Florida pursues these cases. At Tinny, Meyer & Piccarreto, P.A., our team of knowledgeable and insightful Clearwater DUI attorneys are well-versed in this particular area criminal defense and know what it takes expose a flaw in the state's case against our clients.
We're ready to stand with you during this intimidating process. Contact us today to speak with our team.
First-Time DUI Penalties
One of the elements of DUI law that is frustrating for defendants is the multi-faceted nature of the penalties that they can be levied against them. Most convicted drunk drivers can't resolve their case with a simple fine but instead, are exposed to numerous penalties that can greatly interrupt their lives.
First-time DUI penalties in Florida can include:
- Fines between $500 and $1000
- License suspension between 6 months and a year
- Possible jail time (6 months maximum)
- Possible ignition interlock device
Only in particularly serious cases are jail time and ignition interlock devices considered in these cases, but if they are, it is critical that you have a defense attorney who is ready to argue against them on your behalf. It is also worth noting that aggravating circumstances, such as a particularly high blood alcohol content (BAC) or having a minor in the car, can increase these penalties.
No matter what the details of your case, however, our firm is ready to help you explore your defense options. If you have been charged, the time to take a proactive approach to a favorable outcome is now.