Fort Lauderdale DUI Attorneys
Florida DUI Lawyers Aggressively Fighting for the Accused
Driving under the influence, or "DUI," is an extremely common charge throughout the State of Florida and across the United States as a whole. We hear about it in the news every day, with celebrities, athletes, and even judges being arrested for suspicion of DUI. The law regarding DUI and what constitutes probable cause to arrest for this offense has rapidly evolved over recent years. Without an experienced Fort Lauderdale DUI attorney representing you, a conviction is more likely in your DUI case.
The Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Grossman, LLC has successfully defended thousands of clients against DUI charges, often resulting in dismissal of the charge altogether. Our Fort Lauderdale DUI lawyer is experienced and knowledgeable on Florida DUI laws. We'll use those skills to fight your case.
DUI Penalties in Florida
DUI, or driving under the influence, or DWI, driving while intoxicated, is punishable by law in the State of Florida. The charge means that the defendant's normal faculties were compromised, and the person was found driving erratically or otherwise not complying with the laws of the State.
It must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant was driving while having an breath or blood alcohol level of .08 percent or higher or being impaired by other intoxicants. Your first DUI can be confusing and overwhelming. For a first-time offender, the fine can range between $500.00 and $2,000.00 - the higher the level of blood alcohol level, the higher the penalty. If this is not your first DUI conviction in Florida, you may be looking at a heftier DUI punishment.
If convicted, you will likely face:
- Thousands of dollars in fines and court costs
- License revocation
- Possible jail time
If convicted for DUI, most of the punishments are written into the Florida Statutes, meaning they are mandatory, so it is essential that you hire an experienced Fort Lauderdale DUI lawyer to maximize your chances of having your case reduced to a lesser charge or dismissed altogether.
Field Sobriety Tests in Florida
If you are pulled over in Fort Lauderdale for a suspected DUI, the officer is going to administer one of the three Standardized Field Sobriety Tests (SFST):
- For the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus (HGN) test the officer will observe the eyes of the person as they slowly move a pen back and forth to look for signs that the person is impaired.
- For the Walk-and-turn test the officer instructs the person to take nine steps, touching heel-to-toe and the return back. The officer is looking for signs such as not being able to keep their balance or not following the instructions properly.
- For the One-leg stand test the officer instructs the person to stand with one foot off the ground and hold it for about 30 seconds. Here The officer looks for signs such as swaying, hoping or using their arms to balance.
Possible Outcomes for DUI Charges in Florida
In addition to paying a fine, the first-time offender will also be required to serve 50 hours of mandatory community service. If the defendant cannot perform community service hours, additional fines will be imposed. Incarceration may also occur; however, jail time for first-time offenders is left up to the Court and will depend on your blood alcohol level.
Florida DUI License Suspension
Of greater importance, your license will be revoked, even if you are a first-time offender. You will be without a license for a minimum of six months, and the maximum imposed by Florida Statutes is one year. You may request a hardship license; however, you may be required to demonstrate enrollment or completion of a DUI course or treatment.
Be aware that you only have a 10-day window from the date of your arrest to request a hardship license.
If you are a repeat offender, fines and incarceration will increase based on your criminal record. Repeat offenders are charged with a third-degree felony, fines can be as high as $5,000.00 with incarceration periods up to 5 years. Your license will also be revoked for 5 years. A Fort Lauderdale DUI attorney at our Florida law firm can help you navigate your DUI charges and potential outcomes.
Contact Our DUI Defense Law Firm Now
Our experienced Fort Lauderdale DUI lawyer can guide you through your options, including fighting the charge altogether. We work toward the goal of obtaining a reduced charge or dismissal of your case.
Let our Fort Lauderdale DUI attorney go to bat for you. Call (954) 280-8811 to schedule a free consultation with our DUI law firm.
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