Does DUI Ruin Your Life in FL? In Florida, a conviction for Driving Under the Influence (DUI) is serious, and although the initial fines and license suspension are a huge burden, the scar on your record might be even worse. A DUI conviction could lose you your job or prevent you from securing your dream job. A moment of stupidity could change the whole course of your life.
An experienced Florida DUI defense attorney can help you to obtain the best possible outcome for your case. They will take advantage of any weakness in the prosecutor’s evidence and negotiate a lesser punishment, or in the best-case scenario, have your case dismissed.
At The Ticket Lawyers, it is our goal to give you the best possible chances when facing a DUI charge, helping you to avoid the worse conviction consequences.
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In Florida, a DUI stands for Driving Under the Influence and can include alcohol, prescription drugs, and illegal drugs. It is defined as being in control of your vehicle while your normal faculties are impaired. For this to apply, you do not need to be driving the vehicle.
Alcohol is the most common culprit and is easily tested, if you are found to have a Blood Alcohol Level (BAC) exceeding 0.8 while in control of your vehicle, then this constitutes a Florida DUI.
Florida State Statute 316.193 lays out guidelines for DUI charges. A DUI charge can result in an arrest, fines, license suspension, community service, jail time, rehab, and a criminal record.
If aggravating factors are at play such as if a minor was in the car, you BAL was over 0.15, or you have been charged with a DUI before then the punishments can be more severe, such as a jail sentence, and permanent removal of your license. If you do get it back you may be required to have an ignition interlock device placed on your vehicle when you do get your license back. An ignition interlock will require you to do a breathalyzer every time you drive.
A DUI can be either a felony or a misdemeanor in Florida, depending on the circumstances. A DUI is more likely to carry the more serious conviction of a felony if it is a repeat offense, there were aggravating factors involved, or it resulted in an accident that caused serious property damage, injury or death.
An experienced lawyer, such as those found at The Ticket Lawyers, will fight your case and do everything in their power to lessen your charge.
Ramifications for DUI charges vary widely, depending on whether it is a first offense, if it resulted in any damage or injury and how far over the limit you were.
At any stage, you can receive community service, probation and be ordered to go to an alcohol or drug abuse treatment program. Your car may also initially be impounded by police.
Beyond these punishments, here are the other consequences you can expect for a DUI in Florida:
Although the initial consequences for a DUI in the State of Florida can be life-altering, it is the long term ramifications that can ruin someone’s life.
DUI charges stay on your criminal record for 75 years and can drastically affect your job, housing, and other aspects of your life.
DUI charges in Florida will stay on your record for 75 years.
In Florida, DUI charges can generally never be sealed or expunged, which would mean that only law enforcement could find out about your charge. One way to have your record expunged is if your charge is lessened to a ‘wet reckless,’ this is something that a lawyer may be able to help you to fight for. Otherwise, it will stay on your record for the rest of your life, so if a criminal check is ever conducted for a job, housing, or even insurance, you will need to disclose it.
That is why it is so important to seek help from a skilled attorney quickly to see if there is any way your charge can be lessened.
Following DUI charges in the State of Florida, your insurance can increase by five times what it was. Furthermore, you will be required to carry an FR-44, which is a document that proves you have sufficient coverage. You may have to carry this for five years after a conviction.
The consequences of a DUI charge are serious and could affect you for the rest of your life. That is why it is so important to have the help of a DUI defense lawyer.
At The Law Place , we will do everything in our power to lower your charge and lessen your sentences. There may be issues with the prosecution that we can take advantage of. This could be the difference between jail time or not. Depending on the circumstances, we may be able to have your case reduced to a wet reckless charge, which will not have the same effect on your criminal record.
If you are facing a DUI in the State of Florida, even if it is your first time, you should do everything in your power to give yourself a fighting chance at a dismissal or a lower sentence.
Contact The Ticket Lawyers today and talk to an experienced defense attorney who will tell you how we can help.
Contact us now for a free consultation on 855-323-8488.
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