Miami DUI Defense Attorney
In Florida, a DUI conviction can result in fines, driver’s license suspension or revocation, community service, probation, imprisonment, and the impoundment or immobilization of one’s vehicle. Jeffrey S. Weiner, P.A. represents people charged with DUI in Miami and Florida statewide. Jeffrey Weiner has the knowledge, skills and experience to mount a strong, viable defense at every stage of the criminal proceeding. Contact our Miami DUI and drunk driving defense attorneys today.
What is DUI?
Driving under the influence (DUI) is defined as operating a motor vehicle while impaired with a blood alcohol level (BAL) of .08% or higher, a chemical substance, or a controlled substance. Because driving under the influence is so dangerous, the penalties for doing so are severe in Florida.
What are the Penalties for DUI?
DUI fines are a factor of number of convictions and blood/breath alcohol level. Even when a person has been merely arrested, but not yet charged for DUI, four conditions must be met before the person can be released:
- The person is no longer under the influence; and
- The person’s normal faculties are no longer impaired;
- The person’s blood/breath alcohol level is lower than 0.05; or
- Eight hours have elapsed from the time the person was arrested.
For a first conviction and a BAL of less than .15, the fine will be at least $500, but no more than $1,000. If the BAL is .15 or higher, the fine will be at least $1,000, but no more than $2,000. As the number of convictions increases, so do the fines.
Even a first-time DUI conviction will result in a mandatory 50 hours of community service or additional fine of $10 for each hour of community service required.
For a first conviction, an offender’s driver’s license will be revoked for at least 180 days.
Unless the family of the defendant has no other transportation, a first DUI conviction will result in impoundment or immobilization of vehicle for 10 days.
Probation and/or imprisonment are also very real possible penalties, and vary on a case-by-case basis.
DUI penalties can increase steeply, depending on the severity of the crime. Severe DUI offenses may involve property damage, personal injury, repeat offenses, serious bodily injury, manslaughter, and vehicular homicide, charges for which include:
- DUI Misdemeanor;
- DUI Felony; and
- Manslaughter and Vehicular Homicide.
Finally, even a first conviction will result in mandatory DUI school; driver’s license reinstatement will not be granted prior to completion. Contact our Miami DUI defense attorneys for more information.
Assistance with Your DUI Charges from an Experienced & Successful Miami DUI Attorney
An arrest or conviction for DUI can result in fines, prison time, and the loss of the right to drive. If you have been arrested for DUI in Florida, contact the law office of Jeffrey S. Weiner, P.A. in Miami for advice and representation from a knowledgeable and experienced Miami drunk driving defense attorney.