Driving a vehicle while intoxicated by alcohol or impaired by drugs (DUI/DWI) is a serious matter in Florida. A person is guilty of DUI if s/he drives or is in actual physical control of a motor vehicle and is under the influence of alcoholic beverages or any chemical or controlled substance to the extent that his/her mental faculties are impaired or when his/her blood alcohol level (BAC) is above the legal limit for the state (0.08 for Florida).
The penalties for being convicted of DUI depend on prior criminal and traffic records, the level of alcohol in blood, and the specific facts of the case at hand. If you are convicted, you can face harsh penalties, including:
- Driver’s license suspension
- Impounded vehicle
- Increased insurance rates
- Criminal conviction on your permanent record
- Required alcohol treatment programs and counseling
There are many defenses to a DUI charge. It is possible that your breath or blood sample was tested improperly by the lab or the police violated the law when stopping you. These are just some of the many examples for grounds to challenge the charges against you.
Commercial drivers are held to a higher level of accountability in cases of driving and traffic offenses. The goal is to minimize and overcome the negative consequences for DUI/DWI charges with a professional license, commercial driver’s license, and any potential employment loss. Commercial and professional drivers have their livelihood at stake with a DUI charge which is why it is vital to have a strong DUI defense attorney.
As a skilled Florida DUI defense lawyer, I’ll examine your case carefully and look for all potential defenses tot he charge. I’ss aggressively advocate for you at each step of the way and help you get back on the road as soon as possible.