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.
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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 352-394-2041 or contact us online.