Have You Been Charged with a DUI?
Written by Moses & Rooth Attorneys at Law on March 24, 2016
We all enjoy those moments that make us happiest. We tend to enjoy not only the moment, but the people we around at the time. Our happiest moments are often times celebrated with alcohol, from grabbing a beer with a friend, to wine, liquor, and champagne. Though celebratory times call for celebratory measures, it is important not to drive while you are under the influence of alcohol, chemical substances, or controlled substances. When you drink and drive you increase the risk of hurting or killing yourself, as well as hurting and killing others. According to Mothers against Drunk Driving , 28.1% of all traffic related deaths were due to drunk driving in the recent year, with 40,677 DUI arrests and 26,291 DUI convictions. Because of these numbers, Florida is becoming stricter on those who are charged and convicted of drunk driving.
If you or a loved one have been charged with a DUI, it is beyond beneficial to contact an experienced Florida DUI attorney to help you with your case.
What Happens if I am Charged with a DUI?
When you are stopped by a police officer and asked to take a blood, urine or breath test it is in your best interest to comply. According to Florida’s implied consent law, any person who accepts the responsibility of operating a motor vehicle is deemed to have given his or her consent to submit a chemical test or physical test if an officer has reasonable cause to believe that he or she is driving while impaired. Though you can refuse, you should not. Refusal results in the suspension of your driving privileges for a year for a first refusal or 18 months if you previously had your license suspended for refusing a previous chemical or physical test.
If you are charged with a DUI, seek legal representation immediately. Depending on whether the DUI is your first, second, or subsequent offense will determine what consequences await you. Consequences can consist of imprisonment up to one year, fines up to $5,000, license suspension up to ten years, and the use of an interlock ignition device in your vehicle. Because of these penalties, seek legal advice if you have been charged with a DUI.
Need Legal Advice?
Being arrested and charged with a DUI is not a good experience and it does not look good on your driving record or criminal record. However, in some cases, you may have possible defenses that may be able to save you from this stigma. When you are figuring out your next steps, it is important to consider an attorney. If you or a loved one have been charged with a DUI, contact Moses & Rooth Attorneys at Law at (407) 377-0150 for an initial consultation. We can work together to figure out the best possible strategies for your case.