Defendant blows .137% & .128% BAC (Blood Alcohol Concentration) during a traffic stop. He was charged with a DUI (Driving Under the Influence).
Driving Under the Influence
Driving under the influence (DUI) occurs when there is an unlawful blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level or breath-alcohol level above .08%. Driving under the influence can impair driving by reducing the driver’s reaction time.
Penalties for Driving Under the Influence
There are many penalties for driving under the influence, even for first-time offenders. These include the following:
- Fines – Fines for first-time offenders start at $500 and go up to $2,000. If the offender’s BAC was .15% or higher, or there was a minor in the vehicle, fines will be increased to $2,000 to $4,000.
- Probation – A probation period will result from a DUI. It will not exceed one year. The offender will be required to meet with their probation officer on a regular schedule and must not break any terms to their probation.
- Community service – All first-time offenders will receive a mandatory sentence of community service. Fifty hours will be required. Some judges will allow this to be paid off at a rate of $10+ per hour if the offender is unable to perform the work.
- Imprisonment – Imprisonment will occur at the judge’s discretion. For a first-time offender, imprisonment will not be more than 6 months unless there was a minor in the vehicle. In that case, no more than 9 months will be served.
- License suspension – The offender’s driver’s license will be suspended from 180 days to one year. If the offender refuses to take a chemical test, they will automatically receive a one-year license suspension.
- DUI schooling – This is a requirement of a DUI conviction. Once the schooling has been completed, the offender can apply for a hardship license.
- Car impoundment – The offender’s car will be impounded for 10 days.
A driving under the influence (DUI) charge will remain on an offender’s record for 75 years.
Retaining the Services of Musca Law Firm
If you or a loved one has been charged with a DUI, you need legal representation. If you feel you were wrongly charged, an attorney will be able to create a case for you with a strong and strategic defense. If you want to get a hardship license, it is in your best interest to hire a lawyer as soon as possible, as you only have 10 days from your arrest to do so. You will also need to request a court hearing within 10 days of the date of your arrest or your license could be suspended for 6 months or more.
Musca Law Firm is prepared to assist you in fighting your DUI charge. We have multiple offices located across the entire state of Florida for your convenience. Additionally, we offer a free, no-obligation case consultation and accept phone calls 24 hours per day. Don’t hesitate to call us today at (888) 484-5057 to speak with one of our skilled criminal defense attorneys.
The Results: Our client retained the services of Musca Law Firm. After negotiations with the prosecution, our client walked away with no DUI conviction!