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Aggressively Defending Against DUI Charges

You have a target on your back after an arrest for driving under the influence (DUI) in Florida. Prosecutors would love nothing more than to make an example out of you for others by saddling you with harsh criminal penalties and a lifetime of collateral consequences.

It does not have to be this way for you. At The Law Offices of Justin Rickman, we offer skilled defense representation from a proven DUI defense lawyer who can help you limit your exposure to criminal penalties, administrative penalties, and collateral consequences stemming from your DUI arrest. Our goal is to resolve these issues in a way that allows you to put this chapter behind you and move on with the rest of your life.

Criminal Penalties For DUI In Florida

People accused of DUI in Florida face harsh penalties such as:

  • Jail and prison time: Sentences can range between six to nine months in jail for a first offense and a maximum of five years in prison for a fourth offense.
  • Probation: Probation can last between six months for a first-time offense to five years for a fourth offense.
  • Fines: Fines range between $500 to $2,000 for a first offense to as high as $5,000 for a fourth offense.
  • Ignition interlock: Terms range from six months on a first offense (if the blood alcohol content is 1.5 or higher) to two years for a fourth offense.
  • DUI school: Convicted drivers must complete Level 1 or Level 2 DUI school courses and recommended treatment.
  • Community service: Judges are required to order 50 hours of community service for a first offense and most DUI convictions require community service.
  • Vehicle impound: Impoundment ranges from 10 days for a first offense to 90 days for a fourth offense.
  • Felony: A third DUI conviction within 10 years or a fourth DUI conviction will result in a felony conviction.

In addition to the criminal penalties, you face administrative penalties such as the revocation of your driver’s license and collateral consequences such as increased auto insurance rates.

Do Not Wait To Learn Your Options

The clock is ticking on your charges, and the prosecutors are using this head start to build a strong case. You need a criminal defense attorney working hard to protect your interests. Call 352-269-8652 now to speak with a lawyer and get a realistic assessment of your defense options.