Choosing the right DUI Defense Attorney to represent you if you’ve been charged with DUI anywhere in South Florida, can mean the difference between going to jail, and not going to jail.  You want to hire an DUI Defense attorney that is willing to take your case to trial if necessary, and you want to hire a DUI Defense Attorney that the Prosecutors know, is willing to take your DUI case to trial if necessary.

When our clients hire us to defend them against DUI charges, their case receives the utmost attention.  Our team prides itself on leaving no stone un-turned, and no detail un-explored.  We look for every possibility to have your DUI charges dismissed, or amended to a lesser charge.  Our team is in Court, arguing Motions to Suppress, and Motions to Dismiss on a regular basis, and our results speak for themselves.  Whether you are being charged with DUI in Broward County, Miami-Dade County, Palm Beach County, or anywhere else in the State of Florida, GELLER – Criminal | Traffic | DUI – Defense Attorneys, are well equipped to aggressively handle your case.

Below, is some information that may help you understand the seriousness of being charged with DUI in the State of Florida.  Our team is available around the clock to answer any questions you may have, and to meet with you for a free consultation.

Being charged with a DUI is a very serious offense in Florida. A first offense DUI is considered a First Degree Misdemeanor in the State of Florida, and is punishable by up to 364 days in Jail.  The ramifications of such a charge (and conviction) have far-reaching consequences beyond the obvious.

Common Penalties Associated with a DUI Charge in Florida:

  • Criminal Record
  • Having your Driver’s License Suspended or Revoked
  • Heavy Fines and Court Costs
  • Jail
  • Mandatory Community Service
  • Vehicle Impoundment
  • Probation
  • Increased Car Insurance Rates

If you have had more than one DUI, the penalties become steeper.

For more information on DUI Penalties, click here.

Ever DUI Case in the State of Florida has two components, the Criminal Case, and the Administrative Case.  The Penalties described above are associated with the Criminal Case.  Below is some information that everyone being accused of DUI should know.

If you are stopped and arrested for suspicion of DUI, then your Driver’s License will automatically and immediately be suspended.  The length of the suspension will depend on many factors.  The most determining factor is whether you agreed to blow into the breathalyzer or whether you refused to blow into the breathalyzer. 

Based on this being your first DUI arrest:

 If you did not refuse to blow, then your license will automatically and immediately be suspended for a period of 6 months, and you will not be eligible for a hardship license for 30 days.

If you refused to blow, then your license will automatically and immediately be suspended for a period of 1 year (365 days), and you will not be eligible for a hardship license for 90 days. 

The suspension can be appealed within ten (10)  days from the date of arrest.  If the appeal is not filed within ten days, then you lose your opportunity to appeal the suspension.  When you are arrested on suspicion of DUI, the police will sieze your driver’s license, and they will give you a DUI citation.  this DUI citation will act as a temporary driving permit, and allows you to drive for business purposes only for ten days from the arrest.  During this ten days, is when you are required to request an appeal of the suspension if you plan on doing so.  Generally, once you file for the appeal, the DMV will issue you a temporary permit that will expire at the same time the decision from the appeal hearing is issued.

For more information on Administative Suspensions, click here.

Remember, you only have 10 days from the day you were arrested to appeal your license suspension. Even if you decide not to hire GELLER – Criminal | Traffic | DUI – Defense Attorneys, to defend you, make sure you consult an attorney immediately, as time is of the essence.


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