Fighting DUI Defenses Throughout the Florida Panhandle & Escambia County
Driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs is illegal in Florida as laid out under the 2021 Florida Statutes. You can be arrested and charged with DUI if your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) measures .08 percent or higher or if your normal faculties have been impaired to the degree that you are a safety risk to others regardless of your BAC level.
If you have been arrested for DUI anywhere within the Florida Panhandle, your first action should be to bring in a skilled criminal defense lawyer. While you may think that you have no chance for a favorable outcome against the state of Florida, that is not true. Everyone deserves a sound defense when accused of a crime and DUI is no different. Furthermore, many factors underlying DUI charges can be faulty, from lack of probable cause to improper police procedure, defective equipment, flawed sobriety testing, and other testing problems.
Because DUI is a highly-complex mix of science, technology, and police procedure, you will need an attorney who understands it and knows how to investigate such cases to uncover flaws and weaknesses in the state’s case against you. At Michael J. Griffith, P.A., we have defended innumerable clients against DUI with favorable results. Our attorney is well-versed in Florida DUI and its component parts that can be thoroughly scrutinized for the benefit of your defense.
What Are DUI Penalties in Florida?
DUI leads to both criminal penalties and a license suspension as an administrative action by the Florida DMV.
A first-offense DUI conviction carries the following potential penalties:
- Up to six months in jail
- Fines ranging from $500 up to $1,000
- License suspension of 180 days up to a year
- Installation and maintenance of an ignition interlock device (IID) for possibly six months
- Community service of up to 50 hours
- Probation of up to a year
- 10-day vehicle impoundment
- Alcohol or drug abuse treatment program
If you were found driving with a minor in your car or if your BAC measured .15 percent or higher, you could face up to nine months in jail and fines of $1,000 up to $2,000.
Second offenses within five years and third offenses within 10 years will lead to increased penalties. If your DUI resulted in an accident that caused property damage, serious injury, or death, you could be facing even harsher penalties. DUI-caused injury and fatality cases are generally charged as felonies.
As you can see, DUI is a serious matter in Florida that calls for the services of a skilled and committed attorney. At Michael J. Griffith, P.A., we are dedicated to providing you with effective representation aimed at optimum results.
Michael J. Griffith has earned many accomplishment over his career, including being admitted to the U.S. Supreme Court, co-authoring a book about motorcycle injury compensation, and being named to the Top 100 Lawyers in Florida. His success in achieving decisive wins for his clients is based on a passion to serve people in need, his strong sense of justice, and his unwavering support for the underdog. While you may feel the criminal or civil court systems care little about you as a person, Attorney Griffith levels the playing field with his extensive experience, skills, and client service.
Nearly 50 Years of Experience
Proven Track Record of Success
Admitted to the U.S. Supreme Court
Passionate About Fighting for Those in Need