A first-time charge of Driving Under the Influence (DUI) can be very costly and time-consuming. The minimum sanctions for a first-time DUI are statutorily mandated and most of the terms cannot be negotiated.
There are some terms that can be negotiated such as fine and jail time. The fine can range from $500-$1,000 and you can be sentenced to serve up to six (6) months in jail. The remaining sanctions must be imposed by the judge if you are found guilty or if you enter a plea of guilty or no contest. They are as follows:
- Up to one (1) year of monthly reporting probation
- fifty (50) hours of community service
- DUI school
- a psychosocial evaluation as well as an alcohol evaluation and to follow through with any/all recommended treatment, the financial responsibility for such evaluation, education and treatment shall be assumed by the offender
- one (1)-year suspension of your driver’s license
- 10-day vehicle immobilization.
Considering the severity of these penalties you should not attempt to defend yourself in any DUI case. Hire an experienced defense lawyer from Schwam-Wilcox & Associates and let them assist you in managing this complex process.
With each additional conviction for DUI, the penalty becomes more enhanced. Your driver’s license will also be suspended administratively through the Department of Motor Vehicles for failure to submit to a Breathalyzer test. There are a lot of intricate details that go into the strategy to avoid a DUI and what you can do if you obtain a DUI charge.
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If you are in need of a criminal defense attorney (lawyer) in Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Lake or other counties throughout Florida call Schwam-Wilcox & Associates at 407-245-7700, or Contact Us by completing the form below to schedule a consultation. Schwam-Wilcox & Associates is a firm you can trust, and our attorneys are ready to help you with your legal needs. The main office is conveniently located near Winter Park in Orlando, with appointments also available in The Villages.