Driving Under the Influence
The term “DUI” or"driving under the influence" often conjures images of vehicles driving erratically, swerving across lanes. However, most traffic stops occur after a stop for a minor traffic violation, such as speeding or failure to obey a traffic sign. It is common that drivers arrested for DUI got behind the wheel without understanding the relatively few drinks required to put their alcohol level over the legal limit.
The arrest, legal process, and overall consequences of a first time DUI offense can be frightening and confusing, with substantial effects on many aspects of the offender's life, such as driver's license suspension, employment issues, and probation obligations. A subsequent DUI offense carries even more penalties and can trigger a host of additional issues. Undoubtedly, being charged with a DUI can be a life-changing event.
DUI offense in Florida
In the State of Florida, it is illegal to operate a motor vehicle with a measured blood alcohol content of .08% or with a measurable amount of marijuana or other controlled substances in the bloodstream.
These offenses can carry legal penalties including license suspensions, fines, and court costs, home detention periods, probation, and, in some cases, executed jail/prison sentences. In addition, a conviction may affect your insurance premiums, student status, professional licensures, and employment opportunities.
Given the immediate and significant effects an OVWI arrest has, it is important to contact a qualified attorney as soon as possible to protect your rights and begin building a defense. Time can be critical in evaluating your particular situation and the remedies available while the case is pending, and, ultimately, how the case will be resolved through jury trial, trial by a judge, or otherwise.
Our Criminal Defense Team
At The Harr Law Firm, we offer immediate legal assistance to individuals involved in the criminal justice system. Our criminal defense team has successfully litigated both misdemeanors and felonies, in counties across the state of Florida. We recognize that our clients are facing a difficult challenge. The essence of the attorney-client relationship is to provide our clients with their most effective representation, tailored to their individual needs.
Whether challenging the legality of your traffic stop, arrest, breathalyzer results or any other element of the charges against you, explaining your options for obtaining a hardship driver's license or negotiating a plea that limits the effects on your life, our attorneys will explore every option for an appropriate resolution of your case.
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