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DUI Charges in FL

If you have been arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs in Florida, you need to talk to a lawyer quickly. You only have 10 days to request a hearing with the DMV or your driver's license will automatically be suspended.

At the Law Offices of Edwards & Jones, our Gainesville DUI lawyers have defended innumerable people facing DUI charges in Florida. We can represent you both at your DMV hearing and in your criminal case. While hiring a law firm does not guarantee that you can prevent the DMV from suspending your license, it does allow you to exercise your right to a defense.

Contact our DUI attorneys in Gainesville at (352) 329-3632 to schedule your free consultation.

DUI Penalties in Florida

People who have been accused of drunk driving in Florida can face costly penalties, even for a first-time offense. DUI penalties in Florida are determined by a variety of factors that include:

  • Previous convictions
  • The driver's blood alcohol concentration (BAC)
  • If there were children in the vehicle
  • The age of the driver

First-Offense DUI Penalties

If you are convicted for your first DUI offense, you could face penalties that include:

  • Fines between $500 to $1,000
  • Up to 6-month of jail time
  • 1-year of probation
  • 10-day vehicle impoundment
  • Driver's license suspension for up to 1-year (6-month minimum)
  • 50 hours of community service
  • Participation in DUI course
  • Attending an alcohol and substance abuse treatment program

Second-Offense DUI Penalties

If you are convicted of a second DUI offense, you could face penalties that include:

  • Fines between $1,000 to $2,000
  • Up to 9-month of jail time (10-day minimum if second conviction within 5-years)
  • 1-year of probation
  • 10-day vehicle impoundment (30-days if second conviction within 5-years)
  • Driver's license suspension for up to 1-year (5-year minimum if second conviction within 5-years)
  • Ignition interlock device
  • Participation in DUI School
  • Attending an alcohol and substance abuse treatment program

Third-Offense DUI Penalties

If you are convicted of a third DUI offense, you could face penalties that include:

  • Up to $5,000 in fines
  • Up to 1-year of jail time (30-day minimum if third conviction within 10-years)
  • 1-year of probation
  • 10-day vehicle impoundment (90-days if third conviction within 10-years)
  • Driver's license suspension for up to 10-years
  • Ignition interlock device
  • Participation in DUI School
  • Attending an alcohol and substance abuse treatment program

In addition to any possible fines or jail time, many people convicted of DUI also end up losing their jobs. When the consequences are this high, it only makes sense to talk to a lawyer to find out if you have a valid defense.

DUI Defense Strategies

Even if you were drinking or using drugs, the state cannot necessarily convict you of DUI. The issue is not whether you had been drinking or using drugs – it is whether you were drinking or using drugs to the extent that you were impaired and whether the state can prove it.

Most people accused of drunk driving do not know their constitutional rights. For example, the police cannot pull you over unless they have a valid and legal reason for doing so. If you are pulled over, you are not required to take a field sobriety test. We advise our clients not to take either the field sobriety exercises or the Breathalyzer test. Even if you did take the tests, the results could be challenged for technical reasons.

We would be happy to discuss your case in full detail to determine what kind of defense strategy can be used in your situation. Speak with our Gainesville DUI defense lawyers today.

Take Action Now to Save Your License

Being arrested for a drunk driving offense can happen to anyone. Just one too many drinks can set you over the legal limit – even if you do not feel intoxicated or drunk. Prosecutors take driving under the influence seriously, and they will pursue the highest possible penalties. It is important that you have an aggressive advocate on your side.

How Can The Law Offices of Edwards & Jones Help You

Choose the Law Offices of Edwards & Jones to defend you because:

  • We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • We have handled over 1,000 cases
  • We offer free jail and in-home consultations
  • We provide thorough attention to your case
  • We exhaust all available avenues of defense
  • We work our hardest to obtain a favorable outcome

Contact us today at (352) 329-3632 to receive skilled legal guidance and effective representation from our DUI lawyers in Gainesville.

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