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DUI Arrest in Brevard County

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If you have been arrested for DUI in Brevard County, FL your best protection is to retain an experienced DUI Defense Lawyer as soon as possible. Being arrested and prosecuted for DUI can have lasting, negative impacts on your life. Hiring a criminal defense lawyer with experience handling all types of DUI cases will give you your best chance of a successful outcome in your case.

DUI is known as an enhanced penalty crime in the State of Florida. DUI convictions may punishable by jail, probation, heavy fines, court costs, drivers license suspensions, mandatory attendance at special classes, and more. Brevard County State Attorneys vigorously prosecute DUI charges. Our experienced attorneys know the “playing field” and understand the confusion and stress that most people face after being charged with driving under the influence. It can be hard to think rationally when you are facing such penalties. That’s why it is vital to obtain legal counsel at the earliest possible stage of your case. Contact our office today for a FREE Case Evaluation!

Please browse through the following topics to learn more DUI Laws in Florida

First DUI

You will be placed on a minimum of six months of probation. You will be charged a fine of not less than $500 but no more than $1,000. If your blood alcohol level was .15 or higher, or if there was a minor in the vehicle at the time of the arrest, then the fines will be approximately $1,000 to $2,000. Learn More

Second DUI

Defending against a second DUI charge is an art form. It requires not only a thorough knowledge of the law, but also a solid litigation strategy and a full understanding of the administrative (DMV) proceedings that will be initiated against you. Learn More

Third DUI

If this was your third DUI conviction within a 10 year period of your first conviction, there is a mandatory jail time of 30 days. There is a maximum jail time of 364 days. You will also face a 90 day impoundment of your vehicle and a mandatory interlock device placed on your car for two years. Learn More

Felony DUI

If this is your third or fourth DUI, or if there is a DUI accident that causes serious bodily injury, you may be facing a third degree felony charge. A third degree felony conviction is punishable by up to 5 years in state prison and fines as high as $5000. Learn More

DUI with Injury or Property Damage

Being charged with DUI in Brevard County is bad enough, but if there was a crash or an injury involved, the stakes are even higher. If any kind of property damage or personal injury occurs as a result of driving under the influence, it is considered a first-degree misdemeanor punishable by up to $1,000 in fines and up to one year in jail. Learn More

DUI – Refusal to Submit to Testing

After you are arrested for DUI, the arresting officer may ask you to perform a breathalyzer, blood, or urine test to determine the quantity of alcohol/drugs in your system. The officer will also ask you to perform field sobriety exercises. There are many reasons why someone may refuse sobriety testing. There are also consequences involved in the refusal of certain tests. Learn More

DUI & Drugs

A common misconception is that you can only be arrested and convicted of DUI if you were under the influence of alcohol. Driving under the influence in Florida is NOT limited to alcohol only. Did you know that a person can be convicted of DUI while under the influence of any type of controlled substance, such as marijuana, cocaine, heroin, or even prescription drugs? It is often difficult for Florida prosecutors to prove that a person was under the influence of drugs to the extent that their normal faculties were impaired. There may be a strong defense for you if you were arrested for DUI & drugs, especially if it involved prescription drug use. Learn More

DUI Manslaughter

A car accident can be a terrifying experience, but the worst accidents imaginable are those that involve the death of another. In DUI-related accidents where a death occurs, you can be charged with DUI manslaughter. DUI manslaughter in Florida is considered a second-degree felony and is punishable by up to 15 years in Florida state prison and up to $10,000 in fines. In addition, there is a 4 year mandatory minimum prison sentence for this charge. Learn More

Breathalyzer Tests

Many people think that if you fail a breathalyzer test or “blow over the limit”, you no longer have a good case. That’s not always true! The results of a breathalyzer test can be flawed. Results may even be illegally obtained. Breath test operators must follow detailed procedures in requesting and administering breath tests. Any mistakes made may work in your favor in fighting a DUI charge. Learn More

Driver’s License Restoration / DMV Hearings

If your license was valid at the time of your DUI arrest, you are eligible for a hardship permit to drive your vehicle. But you only have Ten (10) days after the date of your arrest to file for this permit, so don’t wait to get help from a legal representative. Learn More

DUI Penalties

Florida has some of the toughest DUI penalties in the country. In most cases, your driver’s license will be suspended upon arrest, but we may be able to reinstate your license if a DHSMV hearing is filed within 10 days of your arrest. Other penalties for a DUI conviction include hefty fines, vehicle impoundment, possible jail time, and even substance abuse rehabilitation classes. Learn More

Multiple DUI

In Florida, penalties for a DUI differ depending on the number of your prior DUI offenses. For your first DUI conviction, your license may be revoked for six months to a year. For a second DUI conviction within five years of your first conviction, your license may be revoked for 5 years. Learn More

Law Office of Richard G. Canina | DUI Defense Attorney in Brevard County

At the Law Office of Richard G. Canina, our firm sets itself apart from others in the level of personal service we provide to our clients. We are 100% committed to defending our clients vigorously and to keeping our clients fully informed at every step of the way. With over 30 years of combined experience defending DUI cases in Florida, our attorneys work hard to get you the best result possible! If you have been arrested for DUI in Brevard County, FL, start fighting back today! We can help you. Contact our office today for a FREE case evaluation.

Brevard County Florida Criminal Defense Attorney

The Law Office of Richard G. Canina proudly defends all residents of Brevard County and all cities and towns along Florida’s Space Coast including: Melbourne, Viera, Suntree, West Melbourne, Melbourne Village, Palm Shores, Palm Bay, Rockledge, Merritt Island, Titusville, Cape Canaveral, Cocoa, Cocoa Beach, Melbourne Beach, Indialantic, Indian Harbour Beach, Satellite Beach, Grant, Valkaria, Micco, Barefoot Bay, Scottsmoor, Mims, and Sebastian, as well as neighboring Volusia County, Seminole County, Orange County, Osceola County, and Indian River County, FL.

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