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Arrested for DUI in Florida?

Because DUI charges are common, many people think they are not serious. In addition to facing jail time or large fines, just one DUI conviction can seriously impact:

  • Your reputation
  • Work opportunities
  • Educational opportunities

Multiple DUI convictions stack up and you could face extended jail or prison time, as well as hefty fines and other penalties. It’s worth it to get dedicated representation on your case as soon as possible.

With a St. Petersburg DUI attorney from Plotnick Law on your side, you can rest knowing that you have an aggressive advocate on your side. One of our attorneys was a former state prosecutor and knows how to best anticipate and attack the prosecution’s case against you. We can guide you through every step of your case and fiercely advocate for you.

How Long Does a DUI Stay on Your Record in Florida?

A conviction in Florida stays in your driver’s license record for 75 years. A DUI conviction can’t be expunged, sealed and will stay in your criminal record forever. Once you get a DUI in your record it can be difficult to do the following:

  • Get a job and keeping it

  • Obtaining professional licensure

  • Getting certain types of insurance

  • Obtaining approval for housing

How Long Does a DUI Affect Your Insurance in Florida?

A DUI will affect your insurance in Florida for a minimum for 3 years after your conviction. A DUI will increase your car insurance to 80% and sometimes even all the way up to 317%.

We are available 24/7 to take your calls. Get started by scheduling your free consultation with our St. Petersburg DUI defense lawyers by calling (727) 295-3558.

DUI Penalties in Florida

The penalties for a DUI in Florida will vary according to whether you already have a DUI conviction on your record within the past 10 years, whether anyone was hurt or killed while you were driving, and other such factors.

The following is an overview of basic DUI penalties:

  • First DUI offense: This could result in up to six months in jail and a fine of $500 to $1,000.
  • Second DUI offense: This could result in up to nine months in jail and a fine of $1,000 to $2,000.
  • Third DUI offense: This could result in up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000.

In most cases, license suspension is another consequence of a DUI conviction.

Can I Refuse the Breath or Urine Test?

Florida has an implied consent law which means you are obligated to submit to any chemical or physical test that law enforcement may provide if you have been stopped under suspicion of DUI.

The penalty for refusing to take a Breathalyzer test is license suspension.

If you already have a license suspension for refusing the Breathalyzer test on your record, you could bring misdemeanor charges in addition to your license suspension. In addition, you may be disqualified from the Florida diversion program, which, in some cases, can lead to your charges being dropped.

Even if you refuse the test, you can still be convicted of DUI.

Whether you decided to refuse the test or not, our DUI lawyers in St. Petersburg can help you navigate the aftermath of your decision. We can assist you in obtaining a temporary driver’s license and fight to have your charges reduced, if at all possible.

DUI Defense Strategies in Florida

While the specifics of your case dictate the strategy needed to defend your rights, it is important to remember there are a variety of ways to build your defense.

When crafting your defense, it is important to examine the following questions:

  • Were you lawfully arrested? In order for an arrest to be considered "lawful," the arresting officer must have probable cause in order to pull you over. This means that if no traffic offense was committed, or if there was no reasonable suspicion that a criminal offense had taken place, the subsequent evidence against you could be found to be inadmissible in court.
  • Was there a valid explanation for your behavior during the arrest? During an arrest, law enforcement is making observations of your behavior in order to build their case against you. However, these observations can be subjective and may in fact have a valid explanation such as a lack of sleep, or a pre-existing medical condition.
  • Were the results of the field sobriety tests affected by outside influences? Challenging field sobriety tests, such as the walk and turn, can be an effective aspect of your defense. The results of these tests can be influenced by physical limitations, the setting in which the test is being taken, or even how the test was administered by police.
  • Were the blood or breath test results accurate? Breathalyzer test results can be affected by a wide variety of factors including the maintenance of the machine itself, the procedure used to collect the results, or even pre-existing medical conditions. Investigating the circumstances surrounding these tests could make the difference in your case.

Why Plotnick Law

Let our skilled St. Petersburg DUI attorneys fight on your behalf. The sooner we get started on your case, the better your chances will be. We are available around the clock to take your calls, so don’t hesitate to get in touch with us about the details of your case.

Our attorneys have more than 24 years of combined experience and have helped numerous clients in their pursuits of successful outcomes. No one can guarantee success, but our firm can certainly guarantee the level of service and representation you will receive throughout your case.

Contact us today at (727) 295-3558 to discuss your case in a free consultation with a St. Petersburg DUI lawyer.

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