Experienced, Effective DUI Attorneys
Being arrested for driving under the influence and facing a DUI charge can be daunting. The flood of emotions you feel following your arrest can only add to the stress of the situation. Our DUI criminal defense attorneys at Bauer, Crider, Kindel and Parry understand that everyone makes mistakes, and we don’t want you to pay for yours for the rest of your life.
Can A Criminal Defense Attorney Get DUI Charges Dismissed?
Utilizing experience and expertise a DUI lawyer may be able to get your DUI case dismissed or reduced. There is a very strict procedure for collecting and handling evidence in Florida. A judge may throw out evidence against you if the procedures are not followed.
If the evidence against you is legitimate, our criminal defense lawyers at Bauer, Crider, Kindel and Parry will examine all aspects of your case and all of the relevant evidence, including:
- Arrest records from the police
- The initial traffic stop you encountered
- Sobriety test results
- Your blood or urine test results
- Your booking and processing after arrest
Florida police often make mistakes, especially in DUI arrests. Your lawyer can use these mistakes to get the charges against you dropped.
After A DUI, How Long Do You Have To Prevent A License Suspension In Florida?
According to Florida law, after you have been charged with a DUI, you only have 10 days to prevent a license suspension. If this is your first DUI charge, your license could be suspended for a minimum of six months. If your blood alcohol content was significantly higher than .08% or if you refused a breath, blood or urine test, your license could be suspended for longer. Our Tampa Bay DUI lawyers can help you request an administrative hearing with the DMV to save your license and protect your rights.
What Happens If You Get A DUI In Florida And You Are Underage?
The legal drinking age in Florida is 21, and the state makes no exceptions to this rule. Although this law has been in place for decades, it doesn’t seem to stop underage people from drinking. Getting charged with underage drinking is nothing to take lightly, but getting charged with an underage DUI is even more serious. For everyone 21 and older, the legal BAC driving limit is .08%, but the limit for everyone under 21 is .02%. When an officer thinks a driver might be driving under the influence, they can pull the driver over and ask for a BAC test.
Because of Florida’s implied consent laws, if an underage driver refuses to take a BAC test, their license can be suspended for a year. Once a driver is detained, they have 10 days to file a petition for a hearing. Drivers can get a temporary driving permit, that is valid for 10 days. To get a temporary permit, drivers need to file for an administrative review hearing. This hearing can have a big impact on the driver’s ability to get a valid license, so having a DUI lawyer at this point is ideal.
The first time a driver gets convicted of an underage DUI, they can be fined up to $2,000, have their license suspended for 6 months, and may serve jail time. For a second conviction, they can spend a year in jail, be fined $4,000, and have their license suspended for a year. In addition to penalties from the state, insurance companies can raise the driver’s premium or cancel the policy entirely.
DUI Penalties In Florida
Depending on your arrest and defense, the consequences of a DUI can be mild to severe. These penalties also depend on whether this is your first DUI or if you are being charged with a felony-level DUI as a multiple offender. Penalties may include:
- License suspension
- Jail time
- DUI school
- Ignition interlock device installed in a vehicle
- Impound of vehicle
- Community Service Hours
Depending on the circumstances of your arrest, whether you took a blood, breath or urine test, we only have a limited amount of time to build your case in order to portray your situation in the best possible light. The more time your criminal defense team has to prepare your DUI defense, the stronger your case will be.
Contact A DUI Lawyer Today
Have you been arrested for a DUI in Florida? Take the right steps to secure your future and protect yourself from a DUI conviction by calling on an aggressive legal team. We are dedicated to our clients and will continually guide you throughout every step of your case, giving you honest, useful advice.