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DUI Defense Lawyers

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Law enforcement in Florida is cracking down more than ever on drunk driving. Driving under the influence of alcohol or controlled substances, including prescription medication, can lead to an arrest for DUI. As a result, you can face serious legal consequences.

That’s why it’s so important to retain experienced legal counsel when facing a DUI charge. Our St. Petersburg DUI defense attorneys at Fletcher & Fletcher have dedicated their lives to defending the rights of their clients.

“Mr. Fletcher is very knowledgeable in his field, and he provides one on one communication. I would highly recommend him to anyone who is seeking the best representation for the legal matters.”

~ Tracey S.

DUI Defense in St. Petersburg, Florida

Even a first offense can result in fines and punishment that includes probation, jail, license suspension, and DUI school. You may receive a jail sentence of up to six months for a first offense and repeat offenders face even stiffer penalties.

Throughout their careers, our DUI defense attorneys at Fletcher & Fletcher have successfully negotiated numerous reductions of DUI to a charge of reckless driving. In other words, our attorneys will do everything they can to ensure you only go to trial if it is absolutely necessary.

If a trial is necessary – or if you decide you want to take your case to trial – our attorneys have decades of combined experience in the courtroom with acquittals for their clients and will stop at nothing to fight for your freedom.

Florida Penalties for DUI Cases

Traffic safety is extremely important to law enforcement and agencies across Florida, and the penalties reflect that prioritization.

These penalties depend on the circumstances of your arrest, as well as whether you’ve had previous DUI convictions in the past.

1. First-Offense DUI in Florida

  • Fine between $500–$1,000. (However, if your blood alcohol level was .15% or higher or you had a minor in the vehicle, the fine will be much higher.)
  • Mandatory 50 hrs of community service.
  • Sentencing of your jail time is at the court’s discretion but will not be more than 6 months for a first offense.
  • Your license will be revoked for 180 days up to 1 year.
  • If your BAC was .15% or more, you may be required to use an ignition interlock device (IID) for 6 months, which is installed into the dashboard of your vehicle to test for alcohol before you start your car.

2. Second-Offense DUI in Florida

(within 5 years from the previous charge)

  • Mandatory 10 days in jail.
  • 5 year driver’s license revocation.

3. Third-Offense DUI in Florida

(within 10 years)

  • 5 years in prison.
  • Mandatory 10 year driver’s license revocation.

An individual with their fourth or subsequent DUI offense faces a potential felony conviction and up to five years in prison, as well as a permanent revocation of their drivers license.

A DUI that involves serious bodily injury, or even death, can trigger certain sentence enhancements and mandatory minimum prison sentences regardless of whether you have a prior criminal record.

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Implied Consent in Florida

The consequence on your license for a first refusal of a breath, blood, or urine test, comes with a 1-year driver’s license revocation. However, you can apply for a hardship licence after 90 days from the date of a rest.

This is what is known as the implied consent law in Florida.

In other words, any person who accepts driving within the state of Florida, by operating a vehicle, automatically gives consent to lawful requests for breath or urine testing for drug or alcohol – and therefore accepts the responsibility if they are found to be in violation of the DUI laws.

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Contact Fletcher & Fletcher St. Petersburg DUI Defense Lawyers to Get Started on Your Defense

At Fletcher & Fletcher, our DUI defense attorneys will sit down with you to listen to your side of the story after your arrest. Then we will work with you to build a defense that presents all of the facts favorable to you. If you are looking for a DUI attorney that will fight for you, contact us today for a free consultation.

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