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Need a DUI Lawyer in South Florida? We can help!

Driving Under the Influence (DUI) is a serious criminal charge. Florida Ticket Firm works with DUI lawyers in Fort Lauderdale who know how to improve the chances that your temporary lapse in judgment will not have permanent consequences. Drinking and driving can forever change your life and the lives of others. When you are caught drinking and driving, your life can get caught up not only in the criminal court system but also the administrative system of the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV). You must quickly take steps to establish your innocence in the Florida criminal court system and to retain your driver license through the Florida DHSMV.

You may think that your life is over when arrested for DUI, and your life starts flashing before your eyes. You worked so hard to get where you are, but one mistake of drinking and driving can set in motion a chain reaction that can have significant adverse consequences without the help of an experienced DUI lawyer. Florida Ticket Firm’s DUI attorneys are well-respected and know the ins and outs of defending drivers who have been charged with, and arrested for, driving under the influence of alcohol.

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You must remember that you are innocent until proven guilty, but it is much easier for the State of Florida prosecuting attorney to prove you guilty if you do not immediately retain a criminal defense lawyer who is well-versed in the necessary steps to seek your acquittal and dismissal of the DUI charge. Florida Ticket Firm works with knowledgeable criminal defense lawyers in Fort Lauderdale who have years of experience attacking the State’s DUI case.

There are numerous ways to argue that the Florida Law Enforcement Officer, City Police Officer, County Deputy Sheriff, or State Trooper improperly stopped your vehicle in the first place, thereby potentially making the charges subject to outright dismissal. There are legal technicalities to drunk driving charges that must be timely raised and motions that must be timely filed in Court.

There are numerous ways for a DUI lawyer to question the validity of these tests depending upon the circumstances, and to call into doubt the State’s case.

The State Prosecutor will seek to prove that your faculties were impaired by alcohol or a controlled substance while you were operating a motor vehicle. The State Prosecutor may prove you were driving under the influence by proving that your blood alcohol content (BAC) was above the legal limit or that you tested positive for a controlled substance in your system. The prosecuting attorney may seek to prove that your BAC exceeded the legal limit by way of a breathalyzer reading, a blood toxicology test, or a field sobriety test. There are numerous ways for a DUI lawyer to question the validity of these tests depending upon the circumstances, and to call into doubt the State’s case.

In addition, the State will present circumstantial evidence of your conduct, appearance and mannerisms at the time you were pulled over, including whether you were swerving and driving erratically. The police officer, State trooper or deputy sheriff will describe whether any odor of alcohol or marijuana was smelled on you or in your vehicle and whether you had red eyes, bloodshot eyes or glassy eyes which might suggest that you were under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance. However, our experienced traffic ticket attorneys in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida know how to cross-examine law enforcement to punch holes in the State’s case where possible.

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Always remember: what you say can and will be used against you. Speaking with law enforcement without a DUI defense attorney is likely one of the largest mistakes you can make when you are being charged with DUI. The State has the burden of proving its case. Communicating with the State on your own makes the State’s burden easier and increases the likelihood that you will be found guilty of driving under the influence as charged.

You do not want to be in a position of going against the State alone and defending yourself against a DUI charge. You have already made one mistake. You do not want to compound that mistake and make it even worse. The longer you wait to speak with one of Florida Ticket Firm’s DUI lawyers, the stronger the State will be able to make its case, and the weaker your position.

Driving under the influence (DUI) is a crime in Florida. Even though everyone knows they are not supposed to drink and drive, people get behind the wheels of their vehicles every day after having some drinks. Most people charged with driving under the influence (DUI) are good people who have made a mistake. However, that mistake can destroy your life and all you have worked so hard to build, including your family, your career and your reputation. The reality of how monumental that mistake might be starts setting in as the police officer reads you your rights, handcuffs you and places you in the back of the police cruiser. You’re fingerprinted, photographed, booked and put in a jail holding cell. Your mugshot will likely be viewable on the internet within hours. You have to call a friend or family member to come bail you out.

You need a Florida DUI lawyer to help take immediate action on your behalf and to start building your DUI defense to increase the likelihood that your DUI charges will be dropped or dismissed. Florida Ticket Firm works with experienced and aggressive DUI lawyers who know how best to attack the DUI charges against you and seek to prove your innocence and obtain your acquittal. Florida Ticket Firm understands the life-changing consequences of the DUI charges you are facing, and also knows where to find the weaknesses in the State of Florida’s DUI case.

Not only do you have to deal with the criminal DUI charges and potentially going to jail and losing your freedom, you also have to deal with the Florida administrative process and administrative hearings with the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) relating to your Florida driver license, including hearings to determine whether your Florida driver license will be suspended, and if so, for how long, and whether you will be able to obtain a restricted hardship license for driving to and from work.

If you have been charged with drunk driving in Broward County, Miami-Dade County, Palm Beach County, Martin County or St. Lucie County, call Florida Ticket Firm toll-free today at 844.FLA.FIRM for an initial FREE CONSULTATION with one of our attorneys in South Florida. Our DUI lawyers can improve your chances that the DUI charges against you will be dismissed or you will be found not guilty and acquitted of the charges. Florida Ticket Firm can help you.

Florida Uniform Traffic Citation Offense:

  • Driving Under the Influence

Violation of State Statute:

  • Section 316.193; Florida Statutes (F.S. 316.193–“Driving under the influence; penalties”)

Florida Statutes Related to Driving Under the Influence (DUI):

  • Section 316.1932, Florida Statutes (F.S. 316.1932—“Tests for alcohol, chemical substances, or controlled substances; implied consent; refusal”)
  • Section 316.1933, Florida Statutes (F.S. 316.1933—“Blood test for impairment or intoxication in cases of death or serious bodily injury; right to use reasonable force”)
  • Section 316.1934, Florida Statutes (F.S. 316.1934—“Presumption of impairment; testing methods”)
  • Section 316.1937, Florida Statutes (F.S. 316.1937—“Ignition interlock devices, requiring; unlawful acts”)
  • Section 316.1938, Florida Statutes (F.S. 316.1938—“Ignition interlock devices; certification; warning label”)
  • Section 316.1939, Florida Statutes (F.S. 316.1939—“Refusal to submit to testing; penalties”)
  • Section 322.0602, Florida Statutes (F.S. 322.0602—“Youthful Drunk Driver Visitation Program”)
  • Section 322.263, Florida Statutes (F.S. 322.263—“Legislative intent”)
  • Section 322.264(1)(b), Florida Statutes (F.S. 322.264(1)(b)—“`Habitual traffic offender’ defined”)
  • Section 322.2715, Florida Statutes (F.S. 322.2715—“Ignition interlock device”)
  • Section 322.291, Florida Statutes (F.S. 322.291—“Driver improvement schools or DUI programs; required in certain suspension and revocation cases”)
  • Section 322.292, Florida Statutes (F.S. 322.292—“DUI programs supervision; powers and duties of the department”)
  • Section 322.293, Florida Statutes (F.S. 322.293—“DUI programs; assessment; disposition”)

Criminal Penalties:

  • First Conviction (blood-alcohol level / breath-alcohol level (BAL) <0.15; no passenger < 18 years old; no damage to other property or other person):
    • Fine of $500 to $1,000 (F.S. 316.193(2)(a)1.a.)
    • Imprisonment not more than 6 months (F.S. 316.193(2)(a)2.a.)
    • Potential placement of ignition interlock device for at least 6 months at convicted person’s sole expense (F.S. 316.193(2)(c); F.S. 316.1937)
    • Monthly reporting probation not to exceed 1 year with 50 hours community service or fine of $10 per hour of community service (F.S. 316.193(5); F.S. 316.193(6)(a))
    • Completion of substance abuse course conducted by licensed DUI program (F.S. 316.193(5))
    • Impoundment or immobilization of vehicle (F.S. 316.193(6)(d))
    • Suspension of driver license (F.S. 316.193(8); F.S. 322.2615)
  • First Conviction (blood-alcohol level / breath-alcohol level (BAL) ≥ 0.15 or passenger < 18 years old; no damage to other property or other person):
    • Fine of $1,000 to $2,000 (F.S. 316.193(4)(a)1.)
    • Imprisonment not more than 9 months (F.S. 316.193(4)(b)1.)
    • Mandatory placement of ignition interlock device for at least 6 months at convicted person’s sole expense (F.S. 316.193(4)(c))
    • Monthly reporting probation not to exceed 1 year with 50 hours community service or fine of $10 per hour of community service (F.S. 316.193(5); F.S. 316.193(6)(a))
    • Completion of substance abuse course conducted by licensed DUI program (F.S. 316.193(5))
    • Impoundment or immobilization of vehicle (F.S. 316.193(6)(d))
    • Suspension of driver license (F.S. 316.193(8); F.S. 322.2615)
  • Second Conviction (blood-alcohol level / breath-alcohol level (BAL) < 0.15; no passenger < 18 years old; no damage to other property or other person):
    • Fine of $1,000 to $2,000 (F.S. 316.193(2)(a)1.b.)
    • Imprisonment not more than 9 months (F.S. 316.193(2)(a)2.b.)
    • Imprisonment not less than 10 days if offense resulting in second conviction occurred within 5 years of prior DUI conviction (F.S. 316.193(6)(b))
    • Mandatory placement of ignition interlock device for at least 1 year at convicted person’s sole expense (F.S. 316.193(2)(a)3.)
    • Monthly reporting probation not to exceed 1 year (F.S. 316.193(5))
    • Completion of substance abuse course conducted by licensed DUI program (F.S. 316.193(5))
    • Impoundment or immobilization of vehicle (F.S. 316.193(6)(d))
    • Suspension of driver license (F.S. 316.193(8); F.S. 322.2615)
  • Second Conviction (blood-alcohol level / breath-alcohol level (BAL) ≥ 0.15 or passenger < 18 years old; no damage to other property or other person):
    • Fine of $2,000 to $4,000 (F.S. 316.193(4)(a)2.)
    • Imprisonment not more than 12 months (F.S. 316.193(4)(b)2.)
    • Imprisonment not less than 10 days if offense resulting in second conviction occurred within 5 years of prior DUI conviction (F.S. 316.193(6)(b))
    • Mandatory placement of ignition interlock device for at least 2 years at convicted person’s sole expense (F.S. 316.193(4)(c))
    • Monthly reporting probation not to exceed 1 year (F.S. 316.193(5))
    • Completion of substance abuse course conducted by licensed DUI program (F.S. 316.193(5))
    • Impoundment or immobilization of vehicle (F.S. 316.193(6)(d))
    • Suspension of driver license (F.S. 316.193(8); F.S. 322.2615)