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Clearwater DUI Attorney

Hiring a DUI attorney in Clearwater can ease the pain and turmoil you are going to face from both short- and long-term consequences of a DUI arrest. Given the harsh fines, suspensions, and penalties, it is essential to make sure you take advantage of every legal recourse possible from a knowledgeable DUI and criminal defense attorney.

What are the Florida DUI Laws and Penalties?

Driving Under the Influence in Florida includes:

  • Being in control of a vehicle
    • while your normal faculties are impaired or
    • if you have an illegal blood alcohol level or breath alcohol level
  • Under the “influence” includes alcoholic beverages, certain household chemicals, or any controlled substance
  • Your blood alcohol level must be 0.08 grams (or more) of alcohol per 100 milliliters of blood
  • Your breath alcohol level must be 0.08 grams of alcohol (or more) per 210 liters of breath

Florida has the “Implied Consent Law.” This means that when you receive our driver’s license, you have agreed to take a blood, urine, or breath test if an officer pulls you over. Refusal of any of these tests results in immediate suspension for one year.

The penalty may vary depending on the number of charges, the time between charges, the blood alcohol level, the presence of a minor, or any combination of these factors. Seeking professional help from a DUI attorney is imperative because the punishments can be very serious and costly—both financially and emotionally. Even your first conviction can result in fines and costs of at least $1,000, 50 hours of community service, probation, possible jail time of up to six months, vehicle impoundment, driver’s license revocation for up to one year, and possibly and ignition interlock device.

How can a DUI Attorney Help?

Navigating this confusing process is difficult. DUI cases are some of the most complex criminal cases. At Flint Law, we can help you avoid some of the common pitfalls by using our knowledge and experience. For example, many people don’t know that you only have 10 days from the date of the arrest to apply for a hardship license and work permit (if you qualify) or request an administrative hearing to contest your license suspension. This is important if you want to avoid negatively affecting your job or income by having a suspended license, which could mean having to take time away from work. If you do not request this hearing within 10 days, your license can be suspended for 6-18 months, depending upon the facts. Your DUI attorney in Clearwater will help you determine if you are eligible for obtaining a hardship driver license.

Additionally, there are many factors that can weigh in in your favor, including insufficient evidence of impairment, exclusion of statements, improper stops, etc. We may be able to negotiate a plea agreement with the prosecutor or reduce your charge to reckless driving. If you blew over a .15, sometimes we can get the state to stipulate that your BAC was below a .15, thereby avoiding enhanced penalties.  If you are charged with a DUI, especially if your charges involve an accident or injuries to other persons, consult a lawyer immediately. A DUI conviction remains on your driving record for 75 years.

Getting charged with a DUI can be scary and stressful. Many times, people will just go along with whatever a police officer or judge tells them without examining alternative options or asking questions. Just because you were arrested for Driving Under the Influence does not mean you have to be convicted. Seeking the professional help from a DUI attorney in Clearwater can help you navigate Florida’s confusing laws. 

Flint Law

The consequences of getting arrested and potentially convicted for DUI need to be taken seriously. For the sake of your future, consulting a lawyer that is experienced in the Clearwater court system and well-versed with Florida drunk driving law is crucial. Flint Law is dedicated to helping you through this hardship and easing the stress, pressure, and cost that can come with it. Call Flint Law for a DUI attorney in Clearwater at 727-483-8404.

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