Being arrested for DUI means you lose your license, face jail time, and will have to pay fines and costs. But these harsh consequences can be avoided, or at least minimized so your life is not dramatically altered. The range of punishment for your case will depend on the specific facts, but there is some common ground when it comes to what you can expect by way of likely outcome in your case.
The punishment for your DUI case depends on whether you are a first time offender, or have had previous cases. A basic breakdown of what the Court is likely to impose in your case is as follows:
- First offenders can expect to lose their license, but will probably be granted a provisional license which gives them a limited right to drive. A first time offender is also likely to be placed on probation, with the requirement an interlock device be installed in their vehicle. The fine for a first time DUI offender is up to $1,000.00.
- Second offenses carry a fine of up to $2,000.00 and possible impoundment of your vehicle. You also stand to lose your driver’s license for up to five years if this is your second DUI case.
- Third and subsequent offenders can expect to lose the right to drive for 10 years, face twelve months in jail and pay up to $5,000.00 in fines.
The way to minimize the impact a DUI charge has on your life and record is to act fast. If you are seeking a limited right to drive you will have to do so within ten days of your arrest, or you will not be allowed to do so later. If you are challenging the breath test results, which we recommend, you will need to make a quick investigation into the facts. If the test was not given to you properly you may be able to have the results declared unreliable, which gives you a good shot at having the charges either dismissed or at least reduced. If you have been arrested for DUI, call us for help.
If you have questions about DUI charges, call our office for answers. Call an experienced criminal defense attorney in Stuart and the Treasure Coast. Your first visit is a free initial consultation.