Do I need a lawyer for a first time DUI?

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 DUI school.
  • 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.

Categories: Criminal Law