If you’ve been arrested on a first-time DUI offense, you’re facing a frightening time with a lot at stake. Taking the right steps from the moment you’re arrested can help you protect your rights and build toward an effective defense against the charges you’re facing. Be polite to any law enforcement officers you have to deal with, and cooperate with basic requests like your identification and insurance information. While they are allowed to conduct field sobriety exercises and breathalyzer testing without a warrant, they are not allowed to collect blood samples without your permission unless they have a warrant. Courteously refuse to give permission if you’re asked for a blood sample, and ask to speak to an experienced DUI defense attorney. Say as little as possible until you’ve consulted an attorney.
Potential Consequences Of A First-Time DUI Conviction
The maximum penalties for a first-time DUI conviction in Florida are steep. They include fines of up to $2,000, if there was a minor in the vehicle or your blood alcohol content exceeded 0.15; up to 50 hours of community service or additional fines of $10 per hour, in lieu of community service; up to a year of probation; vehicle impound of ten days, at your expense; and loss of your driver’s license for up to a year. If the DUI incidents involved an accident with serious injuries or death, even a first-time offense can become a felony charge.
The Right Attorney Can Help Keep A DUI Arrest from Becoming A DUI Conviction
By working with an experienced DUI defense attorney beginning as soon as possible, you have the best chance of protecting your rights, having your charges dismissed or reduced, and successfully pleading for minimized sentencing, in case you are convicted. The attorneys at the Orlando traffic law firm of Skubiak & Rivas, P.A. are well-versed in the rights protections DUI defendants have under Florida law, and will work to prevent your DUI arrest from becoming a DUI conviction. Contact us immediately for a confidential consultation, and we’ll let you know what we can do to provide you an effective defense.