Okaloosa County DUI Lawyers
Passionately Fighting to Clear Your Name
Getting pulled over for a suspected DUI is one of the most frightening moments of anyone’s life. The consequences of driving under the influence are monumental, especially if this is not your first time dealing with a potential conviction. When facing DUI charges, you have a lot on the line – so retain an aggressive Okaloosa County defense attorney from Chesser & Barr, P.A.
Call us at 850.610.7471 to request our representation.
What Are the Penalties of DUI in Florida?
The penalties following a DUI depend on a number of varying factors, such as whether this is your 1st, 2nd, or 3rd offense. It also depends on your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) if you choose to provide a breath sample. In many cases, a judge will order an ignition interlock device which tests your levels before you can start your vehicle. Driver’s license suspensions are mandatory. Severe cases will call for jail time. Regardless, everyone convicted of DUI will have to pay a minimum of $500 in fines and be placed on probation.
How Long Does a DUI Last on Your Record in FL?
In Florida, a DUI charge will stay on your criminal record for life. It will also remain on your driver's record for 75 years. There is no way to expunge a DUI sentence in Florida.
A DUI criminal offense can have severe consequences for your life. It can make getting a job, housing, or insurance difficult. It can also result in jail time, fines, and other penalties. Which is why, if you are facing a DUI charge, speaking with our experienced Okaloosa County criminal defense attorney as soon as possible is essential.
Do You Lose Your License Immediately After a DUI in Florida?
Not necessarily. As we mentioned earlier, your license will be suspended administratively ten days after your arrest, but you can request a hearing to contest the suspension. If you successfully hear, your driver's license will not face suspension. However, if you are unsuccessful, your license will be suspended for 180 days for a first offense, three years for a second offense, and ten years for a third offense.
Our DUI attorney serving Okaloosa County, FL, can help you understand your rights and options and can represent you at your administrative hearing.
Can I Refuse a Sobriety Test?
Under Florida’s implied consent law, anyone who drives on Florida’s roads and highways is expected to submit to a breathalyzer, chemical, or field sobriety test if they are pulled over lawfully. The Florida Supreme Court holds that your refusal to submit to a sobriety test cannot be held against you if you were pulled over without reasonable suspicion or arrested without probable cause.
If you were pulled over or arrested lawfully and refused to submit to a sobriety test, you face a mandatory license suspension. The officer must inform you of this penalty for refusing to submit. Refusing a sobriety test for a first-offense DUI could result in a one-year license suspension, while test refusal for a second or subsequent DUI could result in an 18-month suspension.
Seeking Trusted Okaloosa County DUI Attorneys? Contact Us
At Chesser & Barr, P.A., our commitment to justice will be your greatest ally during this challenging time. Our Okaloosa County DUI lawyers will do everything within our ability to maximize your chances of a dropped or reduced charge. Don’t let a single mistake determine the course of your life.
Interested in scheduling an initial consultation with a member of our firm? Contact us by calling 850.610.7471.
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