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FLORIDA FIRST TIME DUI OFFENDER? YOU NEED A CRESTVIEW CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY WHO IS A CERTIFIED CRIMINAL LAW SPECIALIST BEFORE YOU GO TO COURT IN CRESTVIEW, FL
In almost every instance of a criminal misdemeanor, felony or a criminal traffic case such as a DUI arrest in Okaloosa County it is a serious mistake to not hire an experienced Crestview Criminal Defense attorney familiar with Okaloosa County court in the main Okaloosa County Courthouse.
Let’s look at just one offense, DUI. I could have made it domestic violence or burglary, but this is helpful in a general sense for giving you a view of what happens.
When you get arrested for DUI, there are both administrative and criminal consequences that you must handle.
The following is a run down of some of the penalties. However, you must be aware that just because the penalty is a minimum, you can get more than the minimum: You are probably not a Criminal Trial Law Expert certified by the Florida Bar, and one who practices is the local area. The Internet does many wonderful things to educate people, yet it can lull them into a false sense of security:
You do not want to go to court representing yourself only to become a victim of Courthouse Surprise – a harsher sentence than your friends or the Internet warned you about.
For a first time DUI offender, a driver’s license suspension happens upon arrest. The arresting officer will issue you a temporary permit that is only valid for 10 days from the date of arrest. You must act quickly to request an administrative review or use a new procedure. Call us to learn which is best for you. Don’t wait and have your driver’s license will be suspended for six (6) months. Crestview Criminal Defense Attorney Stephen G. Cobb is very experienced with driver’s license suspension issues. He can help you with driver’s license suspensions. Crestview Criminal Defense Attorney Stephen G. Cobb guide through the process. You don’t want be without a license or permit for thirty (30) days or more.
In the state of Florida, DUI can be proven in two ways: impairment of normal faculties or unlawful blood alcohol. The type of DUI depends on the BAC (breath/blood alcohol level of .08 or above or above .15) plus other factors. Regardless of how the charge is proven, the consequences are the same.
For a first time DUI conviction, the court has the discretion to impose incarceration for up to six months. However, if your Blood/Breath Alcohol measures at .15 or higher or there was a minor in the car, the court has the discretion to impose incarceration for up to nine months. This is where first offenders get hammered when they least expect it: self representation often results in surprise jail time.
For a first time DUI conviction, your license will be revoked for not less than 6 months but no more than 1 year effective on the conviction date. Before expiration of the revocation period, you may apply for a hardship license.
For a first time DUI conviction, your vehicle will be impounded for ten days unless one of four (4) legal exceptions apply. Contact us to learn more about avoiding vehicle impound.
For a first conviction there will be a fine of not less than $500 but not more than $1000. However, if your Blood/Breath Alcohol measures at .15 or higher or there was a minor in the car, the fine will be not less than $1000 but not more than $2000.
For a first conviction, 50 hours of community service or an additional $10 for each hour of community service is required.
Attorney Stephen G. Cobb has handled hundreds of DUI cases in Okaloosa County. Please contact Mr. Cobb today for a confidential consultation about the specifics of your case and to navigate the often confusing world between the administrative and criminal consequences of a first time DUI arrest. Mr. Cobb will vigorously work to get the most favorable outcome available whether it is a dismissal of the charge, a favorable plea agreement, or a not guilty verdict.