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An arrest for DUI can be an overwhelming and confusing time as one is confronted with the criminal and civil process simultaneously.

If you have been arrested for DUI, you may want to consider your legal options and understand the criminal and civil process prior to going to court. A DUI conviction may lead to a suspension of your driver’s license, criminal penalties, and an increase in your car insurance.

When defending a DUI case, I treat each case differently, as no two cases are alike. Each case contains separate facts and circumstances which may be imperative in the defense of your case. DUI cases are fact specific and paying attention to the details is vital.

Some of the important issues a DUI attorney must review in a DUI case are the following:

  1. The basis for the traffic stop – Why did the police stop you in the first place?
  2. Field Sobriety Exercises – What exercises were performed?
  3. Breath, Urine, or Blood Results – What was the outcome of the field sobriety tests?
  4. Any other pertinent information revealed through the investigative process.
  5. Any previous DUI convictions?
  6. DUI arrest involving a crash or serious bodily injury?

 

1ST Offense 2nd Within 5 years 3rd Within 10 years 3rd Outside of 10 years 4th or Subsequent
Fine $500-$1000 Fine $1000-$2000 Fine $2000-$5000 Fine $2000-$5000 Fine $2000-$5000
Possible jail not to exceed 6 months Mandatory 10 days jail but no more than 9 months 3rd degree felonyMandatory 30 days jail but no more than 30 days Possible jail not to exceed 12 months 3rd degree felony up to 5 years prison
12 months probation 12 months probation Up to 24 months probation Up to 24 months probation
50 hours community service work 50 hours community service work 50 hours community service work 50 hours community service work
DUI school Level I and/or treatment DUI school Level II and/or treatment
10 vehicle impoundment or immobilization 90 day vehicle impoundment or immobilization 90 days vehicle impoundment or immobilization 90 days vehicle impoundment or immobilization
6 months drivers license suspension but not more than 1 year 5 year drivers license suspension 10 year drivers license suspension Drivers license suspension or revocation. Permanent drivers license revocation.
If BAC is above .15 mandatory placement of ignition interlock device Mandatory placement of ignition interlock device of at least 1 year Mandatory placement of ignition interlock device of at least 2 years Mandatory placement of ignition interlock device of at least 2 years.

 

DUI cases that involve damage to persons or property, serious bodily injury, death of any human being or unborn child or passengers under the age of 18 have additional mandatory and discretionary penalties which the court can use in sentencing.   If your case falls into any of these categories it may be prudent to speak with an attorney before going to court.

This chart is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice or a substitution for legal advice.

 

I strive to devote my time and attention to each case and work with each client individually on a
one-on-one basis.

When you contact my office, you will speak with directly with me to discuss your case, concerns, or questions.

Call 727-330-7800 today for a consultation to discuss your legal rights.