Punta Gorda DUI Lawyers
Charged with drunk driving?
Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is one of the most reckless and dangerous acts that a person can commit on the roadways. Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) statistics provided by the NHTSA state that 2,262 fatal crashes involving at least one driver with a BAC of .08% or higher occurred in Florida in the year 2010. These numbers are high and law enforcement officials are constantly seeking to bring them down by pulling over suspected drunk drivers and arresting alleged offenders. As a result, you may have been arrested for DUI and be facing severe penalties should you be convicted.
Florida DUI Penalties
The laws for driving under the influence (DUI) can be found in § 316.193, Fla. Stat. (2012). A driver could face a high fine and time in jail if they are determined to be intoxicated to the point of impairment, or if their blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is .08% or higher. A first offense will result in up to six months in jail and a fine of $500-$1,000. A second conviction incurs a jail sentence of up to nine months and a fine of $1,000-$2,000.
License suspension is also a consequence of a DUI conviction.
A third conviction within 10 years of the second one is a third degree felony resulting in a prison sentence of up to five years and a fine of up to $5,000. Fourth and subsequent convictions are also third degree felonies, regardless of the length of time since the prior conviction. Felonies of any kind can also result in extended prison terms for "habitual offenses" as stated in § 775.084, Fla. Stat. (2012). Another aggravated situation would be
DUI with injury or DUI manslaughter.
Enlist a DUI Defense Attorney
At Leskovich Law Group, P.A., we understand the effects that a DUI conviction could have on your life. Travelling to work, school and other such locations could be restricted by a license suspension, and your criminal record will be affected. Contact our offices today for a free evaluation of your case and learn how our attorneys could fight your DUI charges.