Brevard County DUI Attorney
Defense for DUI Charges in Florida
Maintaining a clean driving record is important for a number of reasons. The most important could be that your driving record is a public record and may be accessed by persons looking into your background for employment or other reasons. Despite this, many people simply pay speeding and other traffic citations without any thought of disputing the charge. Being charged with a DUI (Driving Under the Influence) is not just a traffic citation. A DUI conviction on your record can cause endless difficulties later, not to mention the legal ramifications you will face after conviction.
A prosecutor, law enforcement officer, or even a friend might suggest that it is "only a misdemeanor for a first offense" or "there is so much evidence against you there is no point in fighting the charge". Protecting and keeping your criminal record clean is always very important to your future regardless, of any prior convictions. Whether this is your first or a subsequent DUI charge get the help of a Brevard County DUI attorney who is savvy enough to use every available legal tool in your defense.
Call today to learn more about how our Brevard County DUI lawyers can help you.
Avoiding Extensive DUI Consequences in Brevard County
If you are facing any DUI charge, you are in a serious situation, whether it is a misdemeanor or a felony. First of all, there are two separate cases to be dealt with, an administrative suspension of your driving privileges and a separate criminal case. The suspension will automatically go into effect unless you or your counsel requests a hearing within 10 days of your arrest. A knowledgeable Brevard County DUI lawyer at our firm will represent your interests at the administrative hearing and will develop an aggressive defense strategy for the separate criminal case. The more serious the offense, the more severe the penalties will be if convicted.
- Penalties can include:
- Community service
- Jail time
- Prison time
- Ignition interlock device
Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) Limits
Under Florida law the blood alcohol concentration limit is 0.08 percent while the underage BAC limit is 0.02 percent. If your blood alcohol concentration is 0.15 percent or above, that is considered to be an enhanced penalty.
It is important to note that Florida assumes “implied consent.” This means that when you apply for a driver’s license, you have already given consent to comply with field sobriety and chemical tests if an officer stops you and is checking for signs of impairment. If you refuse to take a breathalyzer test, you may be subject to a twelve-month suspension of your driver’s license. The penalties may be even more steep if you have had previous DUI convictions.
Let Our Brevard County DUI Lawyer Defend You
While each case is unique our legal team knows where to look for weaknesses in the prosecution's case. We will fight to protect your record and gain a positive resolution. Call Kernan & Austin, LLC to discuss your situation with an experienced Brevard County criminal defense lawyer and get some answers.
Contact a Brevard County DUI Attorney with our firm who is determined to protect a client's future.