There are serious consequences to DUI.

If you have been arrested for DUI, you need to protect your freedom and reputation.

If you are charged with DUI, it is important that you immediately consult an attorney. Your attorney may be able to attack the charges in a number of different ways, ranging from showing that the police had no reasonable suspicion or probable cause to pull you over, to attacking the breath testing machine itself.

It is important to respond to the two separate phases of DUI:

The administrative phase and the criminal phase.

The administrative phase deals with your driving privileges. You must file for a hearing with the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles within 10 days of your arrest to challenge a suspension of your driving privilege. The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles will suspend your license for having a blood alcohol content of .08% or above or for refusing to a take a breath test. This driver’s license suspension can be appealed but there are very strict deadlines so it is important to hire an attorney early.

In addition to the driver’s license suspension, you will be facing criminal charges. The Florida Legislature has mandated minimum penalties that must be imposed in every DUI.

In the criminal phase DUI penalties include a variety of the following:

• Possible Jail Time

• Probation

• Large Fines

• Community Service

• DUI Classes

• Alcohol and substance abuse counseling

• Job loss

• Driver’s License Suspension

• Vehicle Impounding

It is also important to be aware that DUI is an enhanced penalty crime. This means that the penalties increase for repeat offenders. Again, that means that it is important to aggressively defend yourself the first time DUI becomes an issue. If you make a mistake again, the consequences will be much more severe.

With such serious and complex consequences, it is important to hire an experienced lawyer familiar with defending DUI cases. At Douglas R. Beam, PA, we are committed to providing zealous representation to all of our clients. Don’t let a DUI slow you down, we will immediately work to protect your driving rights and challenge the prosecution.


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