“I got a DUI in Florida, what can I do? What are the next steps? What does getting a DUI mean for me?”
What is a DUI?
To answer the questions above, we need to understand what a DUI is. A DUI is an infraction for driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol. Usually, a person is suspected of driving under the influence after displays of reckless driving. That person is stopped by a police officer and then tested, either through a field test or an actual breathalyzer. A DUI conviction ranges widely depending on how many previous arrests you’ve had or whether or not someone was hurt.
What if I Get Stopped While Driving Under the Influence?
Getting stopped while driving under the influence is all about cooperating with the officer, while also knowing your rights and responsibilities. If you navigate this situation correctly, you have a better chance for a positive outcome.
Is a Field Sobriety Test Admissible in Court?
Many people believe that a field sobriety test is not admissible in court, the truth is that this is not correct. While a field sobriety test is not necessarily reliable, as the decision over whether you pass or not is left to the officer, behaviors displayed during a field sobriety test can always be used against you in court.
What Should I Do if They Try to Breathalyze Me?
Agreeing to a breathalyzer, even if you’ve only had one drink, can be a scary situation. Breathalyzers are often unreliable and can prove to do more harm than good when it comes to your case. We’ve discussed breathalyzers on this blog.
What is the Most Reliable DUI Test?
The most reliable drug/ alcohol-level test is the blood test. Once they bring you to the station, they may use this test. By then, the amount of alcohol in your blood has more than likely decreased and you have a better chance of a positive outcome with a blood test.
What Are the Consequences for Getting Arrested for a DUI in Florida?
Consequences for a DUI ranges depending on the severity of the crime and past criminal behavior, in particular, how often you’ve been arrested for a DUI before.
What Kind of Fines Can I Expect for a DUI in Florida?
Fines for driving under the influence can range from $500-$4000 in Florida. That depends on whether it is your first arrest or fourth.
What Kind of Jail Time Can I Expect for DUI in Florida?
Jail can range from 24 hours to five years. Making a DUI a habitual offense will increase the possibility of a longer jail time.
Can I Do Community Service Hours if I Get Arrested for a DUI?
Community service hours are only ordered for first offenders. A mandatory amount of 50 hours will be put in place, an extra $10/ hour not completed can be demanded.
Can I Get Probation Instead?
Probation is only allowed for first offenders. Probation time can not increase over one year.
What Happens to My Vehicle?
Unless your family has no other source of transportation, your vehicle will be impounded. Time impounded can range from 10 days to 90 days.
What Happens if I Caused Damage to Property or People?
If driving under the influence resulted in personal injury or property damage, the person will be convicted for a First Degree Misdemeanor. This may carry a fine of no more than $1000 and/ or jail time of no longer than a year.
Can This all Be Prevented?
Yes. Of course, not driving under the influence in the first place is the best way to prevent any of the above, however, if you have been charged with a DUI the best way to prevent jail time and heavy fines is hiring the best attorney. Gary Ostrow has defended more DUI cases than any other attorney in South Florida. When choosing an aggressive DUI lawyer, Gary Ostrow should be your first choice. If you like to schedule a free case review, call Gary Ostrow at (954) 566-4033 or (954) 683-6000.
For more information regarding DUIs in Florida, visit the Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicle Website.