Just about everyone has been there at one point or another: you're out with friends or co-workers, you're hashing out work and daily life and at some point, you realize you've had one too many. The evening starts winding down and you're pretty sure you're safe to drive. The next thing you know you've been pulled over and are trying to walk the line.
Despite the fact that some people try to laugh them off, being convicted of even one DUI carries serious penalties. Aside from spending the night in a drunk tank, you can expect to pay heavy fines, spend time in jail, have your reputation damaged and worse.
That is why it is invaluable to contact an experienced attorney as soon as possible if you are facing a DUI charge. They will look at the facts of your case and do everything in their power to build a strong defense no matter how bad the evidence may seem.
Penalties that come with a first time DUI conviction
As outlined by Florida state law, there is a litany of consequences when someone is convicted of a DUI charge. Specific charges can vary, but if you do not defend yourself in court, you could receive the maximum penalties. In Florida the max charges for even a first DUI include:
- A $1000 fine
- Six months of jail time
- One year of probation
- One year of driver's license suspension
- 10 days of vehicle impoundment
- Six months of driving with an ignition lock
- 50 hours community service
- Attending DUI counter attack school
- Substance abuse evaluation and treatment
Your DUI conviction will also appear as a mark on your criminal record. This will make applying for future jobs or higher education more of a challenge. Additionally, since a DUI conviction is a matter of public record, it can have a heavy impact on a person's reputation and public image.
It is intimidating to be faced with a DUI charge. It is something that nobody should have to face alone. Time is of the essence, so begin working with a professional to create a defense as soon as possible. They will defend you, your rights and do everything in their power to keep you from undue punishment.