29 Sep Current Florida DUI Penalties and The Importance of Hiring a DUI Attorney
Current Penalties in Florida for a First Conviction of Driving Under the Influence
A Driving Under the Influence (DUI) arrest is a serious charge, which could result in the loss of your driver’s license, thousands of dollars in court fines, the loss of your job, time in jail or even prison. Currently, in the state of Florida, a first conviction DUI could cost you a fine of $500-$1,000, a mandatory 50 hours of community service or an additional fine of $10 per each hour of community service requested, probation, imprisonment and/or an enrollment in a residential alcoholism or drug abuse treatment program, a minimum vehicle impoundment of 10 days with additional impoundment fees, license revocation of at least 180 days or more, and 12 hours of DUI school with failure of completion within 90 days resulting in license cancellation until school has been completed. As you can imagine, penalties for multiple DUI convictions can be much more severe, as a DUI conviction also acts as a prior.
Hiring the right DUI attorney is extremely important if you are facing DUI charges and can save your driver’s license, money, and possibly your job.
Importance of Hiring a DUI Attorney
If you are arrested for a DUI, you need an experienced attorney. The State of Florida, its law enforcement agencies, and the District Attorney’s Offices aggressively prosecute DUI cases. It is imperative that you have skilled representation to protect your rights. Some matters are extremely time-sensitive requiring action within 10 days of your initial arrest. A good criminal defense lawyer, such as Bradley S. Sherman, can help minimize or avoid severe penalties and consequences often associated with a DUI.
The Law Offices of Bradley S. Sherman have successfully handled many DUI cases, including felonies involving severe injury and even death. As a former criminal prosecutor, Sherman knows the prosecution system better than most defense attorneys because of his 5 years spent in criminal prosecution, and has insight about the prosecution’s experts and how they will testify. He has attended the same trainings that prosecutors and police agencies attend.
While some legal matters may be handled alone, a DUI arrest warrants the legal advice of a qualified attorney or someone who knows how to handle the intricacies of your DUI case. Because DUI laws are highly centralized and specific, not just any criminal defense attorney will do. Additionally, a good DUI attorney may challenge certain aspects of your charge based on his or her specialized experience and knowledge of breathalyzers, blood tests, and chemical testing procedures. Bradley S. Sherman has the experience and knowledge to help fight for your rights and defend your DUI case.
DUI charges are often brought against people with no prior criminal history. Because of this, many people charged with this offense have a difficult time understanding the court process and dealing with the criminal justice system.
It is imperative that you hire a DUI lawyer if you are facing any kinds of charges for a DUI crime, including involvement in a DUI accident, an arrest for DUI involving drugs, and multiple DUI charges. These charges can result in losing your license, paying heavy fines, and even imprisonment. You deserve an experienced DUI attorney who can provide you the proper legal representation through every stage of your case.
If you are facing criminal charges for DUI, contact Bradley S. Sherman immediately at (407)-917-1212. Bradley S. Sherman dedicates himself to every client, giving you the opportunity for a successful case conclusion. Do not wait and leave your future up to the courts unaided. We can help you avoid self-incrimination and prevent you from making other mistakes in what can be a confusing process.
Hiring a DUI attorney just may end up being one of the best decisions you will ever make in your defense, as Bradley S. Sherman will work tirelessly for the best outcome in your case.