Being arrested for any crime is frightening, and if you are taken to jail your first thought is what to do to get free. While in jail you are unable to go to work, school, or care for your family. Having your freedom taken away from you can instill a sense of urgency in defending the charges against you, because until you have experienced life behind bars it is hard to imagine what it would be like to remain incarcerated. If you have been taken in for DUI, it is unlikely you will stay in jail for long, but there are some basic rules for what needs to happen before you can be released.

Florida DUI statutes allow an officer to arrest you if are driving under the influence of alcohol, as long as your blood alcohol content is 0.08% or more. If this happens to you, you will not be able to get out of jail until one of these four things take place:

  • The authorities no longer consider you to be under the influence of alcohol.
  • Your actions and behavior are in line with what is “normal” behavior for a persona that is not under the influence of alcohol or another substance.
  • Your BAC falls to a rate of 0.05% or lower.
  • It has been 8 or more hours since the time of your arrest.


Once you get out of jail, the time to being working on your defense begins. The first thing you will need to do is to make a request for an administrative review of your driver’s license suspension. There is a very short time frame within which to make this request, and if you fail to do so your driving privileges will be lost for a certain amount of time. Now is also the time to consult with a knowledgeable traffic defense attorneys, so you can learn your options. A DUI is a traffic offense, and so an attorney with experience in not only DUI defense, but also traffic defense is ideal. We have helped others with DUI and traffic related offenses, and are ready to help you too.


For more information about DUI cases, call our office today. Contact us today schedule an appointment with an experienced criminal defense attorney in Stuart and the Treasure Coast. The first visit is a free initial consultation.