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Defense For DUI And Traffic Violations

Because drinking and driving is so dangerous, the penalties for doing so are extremely harsh in Florida. These penalties include driver’s license suspension, fines into the thousands of dollars and months of jail time for first-time misdemeanor offenders. Repeat offenders face even harsher penalties. At The Law Offices of Justin Rickman, we provide an experienced attorney to defend your interests and limit the consequences so you can move on with your life.

Driving under the influence (DUI) is defined as operating a motor vehicle to the extent that your normal faculties are impaired and/or with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08 percent or higher, under the influence of a chemical substance, or a controlled substance. Those under 21 years old will be charged with a DUI if their BAC is .02 percent or over, and commercial drivers will be charged if their BAC is .04 percent or over.

Restoring Driving Privileges And The Formal Review Hearing

Justin Rickman has, based on the totality of the circumstances, received dismissals on DUI charges against his clients. He also has high success rates with formal review hearings. Formal review hearings before the hearing officer with the DMV are required to get a license reinstated. Even if the DUI charges are dismissed or you are found not guilty, this does not automatically mean that you get your driver’s license back. We will represent you at the formal review hearing and argue to have your license reinstated. If you do not attend the hearing, your license may be suspended or revoked. Contact us as soon as possible, because you only have 10 days from your arrest to request this hearing.

Do Not Wait To Learn Your Options

If you were arrested for DUI/DWI offenses in Clermont, Groveland and the surrounding jurisdictions of Central Florida, we offer a free consultation to discuss your rights, the possible consequences and potential defenses. Call a lawyer at The Law Offices of Justin Rickman today at 352-269-8652, or contact us online.

Frequently Asked Questions About DUI

Florida takes drinking and driving very seriously. Public officials understand the dire consequences that can happen due to drinking and driving, which is why the penalties are harsh. People who are convicted of a DUI could be looking at probation, hefty fines, loss of license and even jail time. At The Law Offices of Justin Rickman, we understand that everyone makes mistakes in life. Our criminal defense attorney is committed to providing compassionate and high quality legal representation to people in Clermont and the surrounding areas charged with a DUI. Below we have compiled a list of frequently asked questions about DUI.

Q: What is the legal limit in Florida?

A: In Florida, the legal limit is .08 under most circumstances. If your BAC (blood alcohol content) is higher than that while driving, you will be charged with a DUI.

Q: Can minors get a DUI?

A: Yes. There is zero tolerance for underage drinking and driving. If a person under 21 has a BAC of .02 or higher, they can be charged with a DUI.

Q: Can I refuse a Breathalyzer test?

A: You are allowed to refuse a Breathalyzer test in Florida but due to the implied consent law, doing so can result in harsh penalties.

Q: Can I go to jail for my first DUI offense?

A: Yes. Depending on the circumstances, you could face jail time as well as fines and loss of license. Having a lawyer can help lessen DUI penalties.

Q: I was charged with my second DUI; will the penalties be worse?

A: Yes. You will be facing a one-year license suspension, will have to get an ignition interlock device and be subject to other harsh penalities. You may also face jail time.

Q: If I get a DUI, can I lose my car?

A: Yes, vehicle confiscation is possible, but it is on a case-to-case basis.

Q: I had an aggravated BAC limit. What does that mean?

A: If you have a BAC over a .15, it means you will be facing harsher penalties even if it is your first DUI offense.

Q: Can I get a DUI in my boat?

A: Yes, the same laws apply to boats and other motor vehicles.

Charged With A DUI? We Can Help.

Our lawyers have been helping drivers in Lake, Sumter, Orange, Osceola and Polk counties deal with these tough charges. To set up a free consultation with a lawyer, give us a call today at 352-269-8652 or contact us online.