Florida takes a very serious view of a DUI conviction. If a driver has a blood alcohol level of 0.08% or higher, then they are considered to be Driving Under the Influence; this law also applies to a driver whose normal capabilities are impaired because of medication or drugs.
It is a known and proven fact that such drivers will have slower reaction times and impaired judgement, and are more likely to break traffic laws (ignoring signals and signs, and so on). If it’s your first violation of this law:
You will be fined $500; if your BAL is over 0.15%, it may increase
You will be required to perform 50 hours of community service
You will be on probation for 12 months
You may be sent to jail for 6 months
You will have to attend DUI school
Your vehicle may be impounded
You may get an ignition interlock installed even if it’s your first offense.
Bear in mind that this is only for the first offense, and you will have to pay for all the costs apart from the fine: court fees, DUI school fees, the cost of the lock, and so on. The fine and jail term maybe more if there was a minor present in the vehicle while you were DUI. Tampa DUI Attorneys may help you fight the ticket in court and get the charges reduced or even dismissed depending on the circumstances.
As you can imagine, with every subsequent conviction, the penalties rise sharply.
These consequences are if you’re convicted of DUI without property damage; it’s not rocket science to figure out that if you end up totalling someone else’s vehicle or damaging fences, walls and so on, you may have to pay a whole lot more. DUI with property damage (or non serious personal injury) is a first class misdemeanor in Florida.
When you’re involved in a fender-bender like this, you will be asked to submit to a blood, urine or breath test to determine if you are DUI. However, remember that a charge is not the same as a conviction; you can always contest the ticket and hire an experienced Orange County DUI Attorney to represent you in court. An experienced lawyer will be able to skilfully navigate through the charges and minimize the consequences of such a charge.
If you have received a DUI ticket, don’t fret; our lawyers are well versed with the traffic laws and will help defend your driving record. Call us today to know more!