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First DUI | Melbourne, FL DUI Lawyer

If you have been arrested for your first DUI in Brevard County, here is what you need to know:

Penalties for DUI, but unfortunately, Florida has some of the harshest DUI penalties in all of the United States. These penalties include heavy fines and costs, driver license suspensions, mandatory probation, and DUI School. If you are convicted of DUI, your insurance premium will most likely go up substantially, your vehicle may be immobilized, you will be ordered to attend DUI School, and you may be required to attend substance abuse/treatment classes. Even if it is your first offense, you may be facing the possibility of jail time.

First DUI Conviction

You will be placed on not less than six months but not more than one year 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. You must perform a minimum of 50 hours of community service for a first conviction. A first conviction will warrant a maximum of 180 days in jail. If the blood alcohol level was .15 percent or higher, the maximum potential jail time is nine months. Your vehicle will be impounded for ten days. Your license will be suspended for six months to one year. You must attend and complete DUI school and a Victim’s Awareness Panel class. You must also pay any, related court costs and costs of prosecution. As a condition of probation, you will be ordered to consume no alcohol or illegal drugs and submit to random urine testing at your own expense.

Defending Against a First DUI Charge in Brevard County, FL

Defending against a first 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. A good lawyer will attack the case on BOTH the criminal side and the DMV side all at once. Also, because DUI laws in Florida are subject to change and are modified frequently, a good DUI lawyer will keep themselves abreast of all changes and developments in the law. You would be surprised how many lawyers simply do not do this! Finally, a good lawyer must put the necessary time into researching and investigating possible defenses to your case. Our attorneys take a collaborative “team” approach in defending all of our cases. This approach ensures that no stone is left unturned when defending your DUI case.

The Canina Law Firm | Brevard County DUI Defense Lawyer

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 50 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 Canina Law Firm 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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