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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 case. The attorneys at the Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Grossman, LLC, have successfully defended thousands of clients against DUI charges, often resulting in dismissal of the charge altogether.

Our Fort Lauderdale DUI attorney is available to assist you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call (954) 280-8811 or visit our contact page to schedule your free consultation.

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. 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 convicted, you will likely face:

  • Thousands of dollars in fines and court costs
  • Probation
  • 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

If you are pulled over in Fort Lauderdale for a suspected DUI, the officer is going to administer one of the 3 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.

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.

Working with Our Fort Lauderdale DUI Attorney

Our experienced Fort Lauderdale DUI lawyers 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. At the Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Grossman, LLC, our reliable Fort Lauderdale DUI attorneys have over 30 years of experience. We understand the law and can help you navigate your case.

Let our Fort Lauderdale criminal defense attorneys go to bat for you. Call (954) 280-8811 to schedule a free consultation.

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