Legal Toolkit Florida Criminal/D.U.I./Traffic Defense

What to Know About Criminal/D.U.I./Traffic Defense

a

If you or a loved one have committed or have been charged with committing a crime, quick contact with experienced criminal defense representation is extremely important. If necessary, a criminal defense attorney can help arrange a situation for you to turn yourself in to police; they can anticipate the different ways your legal situation may be interpreted according to the law and what the best options may be; they can advocate and observe that your constitutional rights are followed; they can arrange for investigation of evidence against you and interview of potential witnesses; they can represent you in trial; and should you be convicted, they may be able to negotiate a lower sentence for you.

b

DUI means driving under the influence of alcohol and/or a controlled substance.  Other states use terms such as O.V.I., DWI or OMVI.  The correct term in Florida is DUI

c

If you are convicted of DUI, the possible penalties include jail time, a fine, a driver’s license suspension and immobilization of your vehicle.  The mandatory minimum penalties and the severity of your sentence depend on how many times you have been convicted of DUI in the last ten years. In Florida, if the result of your breath or blood test is over .15 or higher,  you will be considered an "enhanced" DUI which results in higher fines and the installation of an ignition interlock device on your vehicle for a minium period of 6 months on a first DUI conviction.  A second DUI conviction will increase the length of time the ignition interlock is placed on a vehicle.