The short answer is, if you want the best possible outcome, yes.
If you have been pulled over and accused of
DUI there are numerous deadlines and requirements that must be met. Not properly
meeting these deadlines and requirements can have severe consequences.
The truth of the matter is without legal representation your odds of getting
a fair shake are slim to none.
In Florida, and throughout our justice system in the United States, a prosecutor
must find that you are guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. A skilled
DUI Attorney can navigate the proper legal paths to minimize the impact of your
DUI or even get it dismissed all together.
If you are not sure if you want to hire a
DUI Attorney consider the following. If convicted of a first time
DUI, assuming there were no parties injured or killed while you were driving,
you may be confronted with the following fines and penalties:
- Be fined no less than $500, or more than $1,000. With Blood/Breath Alcohol
Level (BAL) of .15 or higher or minor in the vehicle: Not less than $1,000,
or more than $2,000.
- Serve a mandatory 50 hours of community service and/or additional fine
of $10 for each hour of community service required.
- You may have to endure one year of probation.
- You may serve jail time, but not more than 6 months if your blood alcohol
content level is .14 or less. If your with a blood alcohol level of .15
or higher or if there was a minor in the vehicle you will serve no more
than 9 months in jail.
- Your driver’s license can and will be revoked for no less than 6
months and no greater than a year.
You must complete
- You must apply for a hardship license if you need to drive.
Please keep in mind, every case is difference and the above fines and penalties
may differ in your case. However, these are general guidelines set forth
by the State. The above is a quick glimpse of what you are up against.
If you have been pulled over for a
DUI make sure you find an experienced
DUIattorney you know you can trust. Getting good representation will be worth
its weight in gold.