First Offense DUI Defense Attorneys
The first driving under the influence (DUI) conviction on your record can be devastating. You have to react quickly and take the situation seriously if you want to keep your driving privilege and avoid other serious consequences put in place by Florida law. Get Bauer, Crider, Kindel and Parry and our DUI lawyers on your side and swinging for you by calling 727-275-9822 or filling out an online contact form.
Penalties for First-Time DUI Convictions in Florida
In order to try to deter motorists in the state from drinking and driving, Florida has exacted steep penalties that can be used against people the first time they are convicted of a DUI. Not only will there be criminal penalties carried out by the state, but the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DMV) can also use administrative penalties. All in all, someone convicted of just a first DUI in Florida can suffer severe consequences.
Some of the penalties that can be exacted after a first DUI conviction include:
- Up to one year license suspension
- Mandatory FR-44 insurance for 3 years
- Ignition interlock device (IID) installation
- Up to $2,000 criminal penalty fine
- 50 hours of community service
- Up to one year of probation
- Maximum jail sentences ranging from 6 months to 1 year
- 10-day vehicle impoundment
It is important to also consider the societal or professional consequences of being convicted of a DUI. Being unable to drive yourself to and from work could lead to your unemployment. New employers will be less likely to hire you after learning of your tarnished driving record. It could even have dramatic impacts on your family life if you have child custody but cannot see your children upon losing your vehicle.
A Trusted Team of DUI Defense Attorneys
We have been able to protect the rights of our criminal defense clients in state, local, and federal courts. When it comes to your DUI case, you can be confident that our Tampa Bay DUI lawyers have the experience and insight needed to anticipate and defeat all challenges. For our casework and successes, we have received an AV® Preeminent™ rating by Martindale-Hubbell®. Find out what that caliber of DUI defense service can do for you by calling 727-275-9822 and requesting an initial consultation.
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