DUI Defense Attorneys in Fort Walton Beach, Florida – Over 150 Years Combined Experience
Musca Law has dedicated attorneys who only focus on DUI. We believe it is imperative that a person speaks with an experienced DUI Defense Attorney in Fort Walton Beach, Florida as soon as possible to understand their legal options. A DUI conviction in Fort Walton can adversely affect a person’s life now and in the future. After the arrest for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, the first penalty a person could receive is a lengthy suspension of their driving privileges. According to Florida Law which applies to Fort Walton Beach, a person arrested for DUI may apply for a DMV Administrative Review Hearing to defend their driving privileges has 10 days after the arrest to apply for a DMV Administrative Review Hearing.
Does Musca Law Handle DMV Administrative Hearings?
Our Fort Walton Beach DUI defense law firm has many years of law practice experience handling all DUI offenses throughout the state of Florida. Our attorneys can represent a person in both the criminal case and the administrative hearing.
Fort Walton Beach DUI defense attorneys at Musca Law want people to know that in the state of Florida, there are several different types of DUI offenses. The most common DUI offenses are First Time DUI and Subsequent DUIs. If a person has a prior DUI offense on their record or if they have caused personal injury or property damage while under the influence of alcohol they could face additional charges and harsher penalties if convicted.
Third, Fourth, or Subsequent DUI
Boating Under the Influence (BUI)
Commercial Driver’s License DUI
Fort Walton Beach – Florida Statute 316.193
Under Florida Statutes Section 316.193, an individual can be charged with driving under the influence if certain factors can be established beyond a reasonable doubt by the prosecution. Whether a person is charged with a DUI offense in Fort Walton Beach Florida will depend on:
The blood alcohol concentration.
The level of impairment by alcohol and/or drugs.
Whether the person was operating or in physical control of a vehicle.
If someone was seriously injured.
If someone was killed.
Whether property damage was caused.
Whether they have any prior DUI convictions.
Fort Walton Beach DUI Penalties
A DUI conviction in Fort Walton Florida can result in penalties that include fines and jail time and the administrative suspension of a person’s driving privileges. Other consequences of even a first-time DUI conviction can include:
A substance abuse course.
Mandatory use of an ignition interlock device.
Impoundment of the vehicle for ten days.
A person who has a DUI conviction on their record can also experience negative impacts on their ability to obtain or keep a job, the ability to rent a home, and whether they are eligible to receive student financial aid. If a person receives a second DUI conviction in the five years after their first offense, they can face a minimum jail sentence of ten days in addition to harsher penalties than those they received for the first conviction. Depending on the facts and circumstances of the case, a person can receive even tougher penalties, including those associated with a felony DUI offense.
Felony Fort Walton Beach DUI Attorneys
A DUI offense in Fort Walton Beach is typically treated as a misdemeanor. Under some circumstances, a person can be charged with a felony DUI offense. To be charged with a felony DUI offense in Fort Walton Beach Florida, the accused generally:
Has had two previous DUI convictions in the last five years;
Has been arrested for their fourth or subsequent DUI offense;
Has injured someone else either severely or fatally as a result of the DUI.
A felony DUI in Fort Walton Beach is usually considered a third-degree felony where the penalties might include up to five years in prison and large fines. Felony DUI convictions can also result in being labeled as a Habitual Traffic Offender. What this means is a person can lose their driving privileges for a period of five years.
DUI Defense Fort Walton Beach – DUI Manslaughter
DUI manslaughter is also considered a felony offense anywhere in Florida including Fort Walton Beach. DUI manslaughter, which is a second-degree felony, happens when someone dies as a result of the DUI offense. If the person leaves the scene after someone is killed due to DUI manslaughter, they can face first-degree felony charges where a conviction can result in up to thirty years in jail.
Fort Walton Beach BUI Defense Attorneys
In Fort Walton Beach a person can also be charged with the offense of boating under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. Under Section 327.35 of the Florida Statutes, someone can be convicted of BUI if the prosecution can prove that they were operating a vessel while under the influence of or impaired by alcohol and/or drugs. If someone is convicted of a BUI first offense, they can face up to six months in jail, but it is also possible to be subject to harsher penalties depending on the facts and circumstances of the case.
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