Florida sees thousands of drunk driving arrests each year, from the Panhandle to the Keys. A DUI arrest may seem like a “minor” criminal accusation to some people, but the fact is that in Florida these types of charges are prosecuted quite vigorously. And, for those who face DUI charges multiple times, the potential penalties upon conviction get progressively worse and worse.
For a first-time DUI offender, the penalty may include a period of probation supervision, mandated alcohol education or treatment classes, community service, a fine and probably a license suspension. But, for second or third-time DUI offenders, the penalties can also include the installation of mandatory ignition interlocks devices on vehicles, even higher fines and, in some cases, significant jail or prison time. The charges may even rise to felony-level offenses.
Know your rights and options
For anyone who is facing DUI charges in Florida, it is important to start planning your criminal defense strategy as soon as possible after the arrest. Each defendant has constitutional rights that must be protected. And, some defendants may have more defense options than they realize. You don’t always have to take the first plea deal thrown your way.
At our law firm, we know that our clients who are facing DUI charges in Florida want to know their best options for a potential defense strategy. We work closely with our clients to help them determine the best path forward in their own unique cases. For more information, please visit the DUI defense overview section of our law firm’s website.