Driving Under the Influence in Jacksonville, FL
The Florida Department of Motor Vehicles has reported that in 2011, over 55,000 DUI tickets were issued in the State of Florida. A large number of those DUI’s occurred in Duval County. The numbers make it clear that the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office and the State Attorney’s Office consider DUI a very serious offense. The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office has a designated group of officers, trained specifically in DUI, to target and arrest drunk drivers. Likewise, the State Attorney’s Office has prosecutors designated to handle only DUI offenses.
If you or a loved one has been arrested for DUI call an experienced Jacksonville Criminal Defense Attorney now at 904-353-0436. From the date of arrest you only have 10 days to challenge the license suspension that is incident to a DUI.
The State of Florida has also taken a very stern posture on DUI by mandating harsh penalties. If you are found to have been driving, or in actual physical control of a vehicle with a breath or blood alcohol level of .08 or higher; or found to have been driving or in actual physical control of a vehicle while your normal faculties are impaired, the first time DUI penalties are as follows:
- Fine – $250 to $500
- Community Service – 50 Hours
- Probation – Not more than 1 Year
- Imprisonment – Up to 6 Months
- Imprisonment with a minor in the vehicle – up to 9 months
- License Revocation – minimum 180 days
- DUI School – 12 Hours
This list doesn’t include court costs or the increase in insurance rates. And the penalties become even more harsh for 2nd or 3rd DUI arrests.
Your employment opportunities and insurance rates may be decided upon a DUI. It is important to call an experienced Jacksonville Criminal Defense Attorney to diligently explore, challenge, and attack every aspect of your DUI from the traffic stop through the trial if necessary. Call 904-353-0436 now.