Miami may be America’s Cleanest City according to Forbes magazine, but one area that is still being cleaned up is removing drunk drivers from the streets.
Drunk driving is a serious offense in the state of Florida and its penalties can have a dramatic effect on the life of the driver as well as that of their family. If you have been arrested for DUI in the Miami area, it is important that you make every effort to provide a speedy response in order to preserve your driving privileges.
The laws and regulations governing driver’s license suspensions in a Florida DUI case are complicated. Your best response is to contact an experienced Florida DUI attorney to review your case and recommend the best course of action for your unique situation.
When you were arrested on a DUI charge, your license was automatically suspended. This suspension will last between 6 months to 1 year depending on whether this is a first or subsequent DUI offense. You will have 10 days following your DUI arrest in which to appeal the suspension of your license. Do not delay in filing this motion or you will lose your right to appeal completely.
The suspension of your license is referred to as the administrative license suspension and is only one of two cases that are pending against you following your DWI arrest.
The other is the actual criminal case. The DUI charge is based on either the driver’s failure of a chemical test or their refusal to submit to one. A chemical test may be a breath or blood sample to determine the driver’s blood alcohol content (BAC). The legal limit for intoxication in Florida is .08% or more.
There are a variety of penalties for DUI in Florida, including fines, community service, vehicle impoundment, mandatory alcohol treatment programs, and even jail time. The consequences assigned will depend on the driver’s record and the details of the arrest. The penalties will be more severe if the driver has prior DUI convictions, had a BAC significantly higher than the legal limit, or if the driver had a child in the car with them at the time of their arrest.
Take action in your DUI case today by discussing your case with a qualified DUI lawyer. It is the only way to protect your driving privileges.