Any time you are arrested the first thoughts you have probably include wondering how much the fines will be, and the possible range of punishment. With lesser offenses, like misdemeanors, the fines and possible jail time are lower than with felony cases. What you can expect to pay and just how you are punished depends on the specific facts of your case, but there are some basics that apply in nearly every criminal matter. Knowing what to expect can put you at ease, and make the process of being charged with a crime a little easier to handle.
In a case for DUI, the following is a top three list of things that play a role in how much of a fine the Court will assess and what the other terms of your punishment will be:
- Whether this is your first case, or if you are a repeat offender. Fines and punishments are more stiff for repeat offenders than they are for a first timer.
- Your BAC level. The lower the amount of alcohol in your bloodstream, the less severe the punishment.
- If there was an accident, and if that accident included an injury or death is another contributing factor the Court will consider when fixing fines and handing out a punishment that may include jail time.
Your concern should be with the specific facts of your case, and which of those facts shed the most favorable light on your circumstances. If this is not your first case, but your BAC level was low and there was no accident, you can expect lower fines and a more lenient punishment than if this is your first offense but there was an accident with injury in your case. Rather than try to figure out what is likely to be the result in your case, consult with a qualified DUI and criminal defense attorney. We are experienced at defending cases on many levels, and know where to look for information that is beneficial to you. Call us today for more information and a review of the facts of your case.
If you have been arrested for a crime and have questions about the fines and punishment, call our office to learn your options. Schedule an appointment with an experienced criminal defense attorney in Stuart and the Treasure Coast. Your first visit is a free initial consultation.