Driver Arrested for DUI First Offense, Bench Warrant & Driving on Suspended License


The Charges

Police accused the Defendant of unlawfully driving a vehicle under the influence of alcohol. He submitted to a breath test that registered above the allowed limit. Police also charged the Defendant with operating a vehicle on a suspended driver’s license, as well as for an outstanding bench warrant.

Outstanding Bench Warrants

An outstanding warrant is the same as a bench warrant. If the defendant has not been brought into custody, their name will remain on the warrant until they have been placed into custody. A bench warrant is issued by a judge with orders for law enforcement to give them the authority to arrest an individual to let them know that they have failed to obey a court order. This often happens in the following circumstances:

  • They have failed to show up in court for a trial, arraignment, sentencing, or any other time that there was an order for the individual to be there. 
  • Fines have not been paid as they should have been. 
  • The individual failed to obey any part of their court sentencing (such as probation terms).
  • The individual was indicted by a grand jury. 
  • Operating on a Suspended Driver’s License

    Driving on a suspended driver’s license has many penalties that are associated with it. These penalties will continue to go up for each repeated offense. A first conviction of operating while having a suspended driver’s license will be a second-degree misdemeanor. This is punishable by a fine of up to $500 and up to 60 days in jail. A second offense will be raised to a first-degree misdemeanor and is punishable by a fine of up to $1,00 and a maximum of one year in jail. A third offense, and each one after it, will be considered a third-degree felony. A maximum fine of $5,000 will be imposed or a maximum of 5 years in prison. If the third offense happens within five years of the first one, the driver will be labeled as a habitual traffic offender. This will result in a suspension of the driver’s license for 5 years. A person will not be allowed to obtain a hardship license for at least one year if they are classified as a habitual traffic offender. 

    Legal Services from Musca Law Firm

    If you are looking for an outstanding law firm to settle your DUI case in court, Musca Law Firm should be number one on your list. Our firm serves all of Florida with multiple offices in various cities across the state for your convenience. We offer a free, no-obligation case consultation and will answer our phones 24 hours per day. With over 150 years of combined legal experience, our team of experienced attorneys are the best at what they do. Please call us today at (888) 484-5057 to determine how our services may best serve you and your legal needs.

    RESULT: The Musca Law Defense Attorney successfully challenged the charges against the Client, resulting in NO DUI CONVICTION. The Attorney also persuaded the Court to set aside the bench warrant and DISMISSED the charge!