Orlando DUI Lawyer

Every day, people are arrested on DUI charges throughout Orlando. Many of these people are hard working men and women who have never been in trouble with the law. Unfortunately, the penalties for a DUI conviction can be severe and follow you around for the rest of your life. In order to prevent one bad decision from impacting your life for years to come, you will need the help of an experienced criminal attorney.

What are Florida's DUI Laws

In the State of Florida, you can be arrested and charged with a driving while under the influence for the following:
  • A blood alcohol level (BAC) of .08 or higher
  • Driving while impaired by a chemical substance
  • While impaired by a controlled substance
Simply failing the breathalyzer is not enough to justify a solid conviction or strong penalties. Our criminal defense team will examine all the details surrounding your arrest, including the field sobriety test protocol, probable cause, accuracy of the breath sample, and any possible constitutional rights violations. We will look for any places where the arresting officer made a mistake in protocol in order to help you successfully challenge your charges.

Penalties for a DUI in Orlando

Usually DUI penalties can be broken down into the number of times the offense has been committed.

First Time DUI Offenders

  • Jail time of 6 to 9 months 
  • Fines between $500 to $2,000
  • License Suspended for 180 days to 1 year
  • Interlocking Ignition Device required

Second Time DUI Offenders

  • Jail time of 9 months to 1 year
  • Fines between $1,000 to $4,000
  • License Suspended for 5 years
  • Interlocking Ignition Device required

Third Time DUI Offenders

  • Jail time up to 1 year 
  • Fines between $2,000 to $5,000
  • License Suspended for 10 years
  • Interlocking Ignition Device required

Other Penalties can Include

  • Vehicle Impoundment 
  • DUI Classes
  • Probation
  • Community service

For a full list of DUI penalties under Florida law click here.

If you are a first time offender, you may be eligible for a pre-trial diversion program resulting in dropped charges.

Orlando DUI Defense Strategies

  • Challenging the cause of the stop: While often difficult to prove, evidence that is obtained at a stop lacking probable cause can be suppressed which can result in a case dismissal.
  • Challenge the Breathalyzer results: There are several things that can cause a false reading from breathalyzer. The temperature outside, atmospheric pressure and physical makeup of an individual can all lead to an incorrect reading.
  • Challenge the blood or urine test result: Having the a blood or urine test sample re-tested through an independent toxicology may provide results lower than the initial crime lab results.

How to Choose a DUI Lawyer?

When you have been charged with driving under the influence it is important to find an attorney with a proven track record of winning these types of cases. As former prosecutors, this allows us to know the angles prosecutors use to secure a conviction. We know how to build a strong defenses to combat the prosecutors’ strategy. We have handled thousands of cases, and we have seen just about any possible scenario you may face.
 
Because a DUI or BUI (Boating while Under the Influence) conviction will remain on your record for life, we will try to avoid a conviction if at all possible. In cases where a conviction is inevitable, we can work to minimize your criminal consequences and help you avoid jail time through alternative sentencing measures.
 
Please contact us today for a free case review 407-218-6265.

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The information you obtain at this site is not, nor is it intended to be, legal advice. We invite you to contact our criminal attorneys for criminal defense advice regarding your individual situation. Contacting us does not create an attorney-client relationship and you should not send any confidential information to us until such a relationship has been established. We serve clients in Orlando, Orange County, Seminole, Osceola, and throughout Central Florida.

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