Florida DUI Lawyers
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Blood Alcohol Content (BAC)
An alcohol level of .08 or higher is considered intoxicated by the state of Florida. Drivers with a BAC of .20 or higher face more severe charges.
Administrative license Suspension
When law enforcement pulls over a suspected DUI driver they’re asked to submit to Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) testing. This test may be conducted through analyzing breath, blood, or urine. If the driver tests positive, their license will be suspended for 6 months. A 10 day permit is issued before the suspension takes place to allow the offender to make arrangements. After 30 days of suspension the driver may be eligible for a hardship license. This depends on many factors (job, family, etc.)
If the driver refuses to submit to the BAC test their license is automatically suspended for 1 year. The suspension is 18 months for repeat offenses. A 10 day temporary license is also issued at the time of suspension. 90 days of the suspension must be served before requesting a hardship license.
It is important to note that these consequences are separate from any criminal DUI charges. Effectively, a DUI suspect faces 2 separate charges.
Florida DUI Penalties
If convicted of DUI in the state of Florida the drivers’ license may be suspended from 180 days to 5 years. A fine may also be imposed from $250 to $2000. The driver may also be required to take alcohol assessment / education courses and perform community service. Jail time is also a reality. Time served may range from a couple of days to a couple of years. All of this is determined on the severity of the DUI and any past instances.
An ignition interlock device is required for some DUI offenders who are still allowed to drive. It may be a fair compromise for some, others it may be an unfair annoyance.
It’s not all oranges and sunshine when the entire judicial establishment is working against you. The future may seem bleak when you realize the potential penalties for DUI. An attorney specializing in DUI law handles cases like yours everyday. Contact a DUI lawyer today and they’ll get to work on your case immediately.