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Defend Against DUI Charges

Miami DUI Defense Lawyer

Florida Drunk Driving Laws

DUI stands for "driving under the influence." Also commonly referred to as drunk driving or DWI (driving while intoxicated), DUI is a criminal offense that involves a driver operating a motor vehicle on a public roadway while he or she is under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance, or a combination of the two.

An individual will be charged with drunk driving in Florida if they are pulled over and the officer determines through breath and blood testing or field sobriety testing that they are legally intoxicated.

To be deemed "under the influence" by law, the driver must have a blood alcohol concentration of .08% or greater, and/or his or her normal faculties must be impaired as a result of intoxication or drug use.

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Client was arrested and charged with Driving Under the Influence in Miami-Dade County Court. Mr. Mirer conducted a thorough investigation of the case and ultimately took the case to trial, successfully arguing that the police were absolutely wrong in arresting his client for DUI.

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BAC Limits

BAC limits in Florida vary for different types of drivers, as follows:

  • Drivers age 21 or older: BAC limit of .08%
  • Drivers under the age of 21 (Under 21 DUI): BAC limit of .02%
  • Drivers with commercial licenses (Commercial DUI): BAC limit of .04%

Attorney Michael Mirer has defended countless clients against drunk driving charges and can provide the aggressive and smart advocacy you need before the court.

Penalties for DUI in Florida

Conviction for driving under the influence will result in serious penalties. The severity of the consequences will depend upon whether you have multiple DUI offenses on your record, your BAC, and if any aggravating factors were involved in the incident, including injuries to victims or DUI manslaughter.

The following are the maximum penalties which may be imposed upon a conviction for a first or second DUI in Florida:

Penalties for First DUI Offense in Florida:

  • Driver's License Revocation - 1 year
  • Imprisonment - 6 months
  • Probation - 1 year
  • Community Service - 50 hours
  • Fine - $1,000
  • Vehicle Impoundment - 10 days

Penalties for Second DUI Offense in Florida (within 5 years):

  • Driver's License Revocation - 5 years
  • Imprisonment - 9 months
  • Mandatory Minimum Imprisonment - 10 days
  • Fine - $2,000
  • Vehicle Impoundment - 30 days

DUI penalties include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Fines of a minimum of $500 to a maximum of $5,000
  • Imprisonment for a maximum of 5 years
  • Vehicle impoundment for a minimum of 10 days to a maximum of 90 days
  • Loss of license for a minimum of 180 days to a maximum of permanent revocation

Suspended Licenses & DUI in Florida

When a Florida driver is arrested for DUI (driving under the influence) he or she will face administrative license suspension proceedings as well as a criminal case in court. License suspension after a DUI arrest is automatic, based on the grounds that the driver either failed or refused a chemical test used to gauge his or her blood alcohol concentration.

If your driver's license has already been suspended due to a drunk driving conviction, an attorney can also assist you in seeking a restricted license to drive for limited purposes, such as for employment or education alone.

Under 21 DUI in Florida

A driver who is under the age of 21 faces slightly different procedure and penalties upon a conviction for driving under the influence. Florida law enforcement is authorized to detain an underage driver if law enforcement has probable cause to believe the driver was driving with any amount of alcohol in his or her system.

  • Upon detaining the driver, law enforcement has the right to request that the driver submit to a blood or breath test to determine his or her alcohol level.
  • An offense of this nature is neither a criminal offense nor a traffic infraction and is punishable by administrative license suspension alone.
  • If your blood alcohol concentration is .08% or greater (above the legal limit for adults), you may face criminal charges and the possibility of imprisonment, heavy fines, and having a criminal record.

For help in fighting your under 21 DUI charges, contact a Miami DUI attorney from the Law Office of Michael Mirer, P.A. today.

Challenging DUI Charges in Florida

A common misconception associated with DUI (driving under the influence) charges is that all is lost if you took and allegedly failed a breath or blood test. If you submitted to a breath test or blood test that showed a blood alcohol concentration of .08% or greater, you may feel as though there is no hope in challenging your charges. This is simply not the case.

The same applies if you are facing drunk driving charges based upon allegedly poor performance on field sobriety tests, something that law enforcement considers indicates that your normal abilities were impaired by alcohol and/or drugs.

In spite of a failed breath test or field sobriety tests, there are ways that an experienced Miami DUI lawyer can effectively challenge your charges. Contact our firm today for the defense you need.

It takes a careful and thorough review of every single aspect of your case. This will include the manner in which you were initially pulled over by law enforcement, how field sobriety tests were conducted, the administration of a breath test or blood test and your actual arrest.

It will include all procedural and evidentiary issues related to your charges. Law enforcement must abide by specific guidelines and must not violate your Constitutional rights during this process. A single error or misstep may mean that certain evidence is inadmissible or that your entire case is invalid.

With the proper resources and experience, a skilled lawyer will be able to determine how to seek the best possible outcome on your behalf. Contact a DUI attorney at the Law Office of Michael Mirer, P.A. today to learn more about your options.

DHSMV Hearings

You Only Have 10 Days

After you are arrested for DUI, you have only 10 days to schedule a hearing with the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV). This will be an administrative hearing held to allow a driver to challenge the suspension of his or her license.

This hearing is your only opportunity to fight the automatic suspension of your driver's license. Attorney Michael Mirer can represent you at the administrative hearing and advocate on your behalf before the DHSMV. Don't wait to schedule your DHSMV hearing and to retain our experienced legal representation.

  • When a driver is arrested for DUI, the arresting officer will confiscate his or her license and give the driver a slip of paper that acts as a citation/notice of suspension.
  • This citation actually serves as a temporary driving permit during the 10 day time period that a driver has to request a formal review hearing
  • If a driver who was arrested for DUI fails to request a hearing within the 10-day window, the DMV will suspend his or her license without further ado

Although legal representation is not required because this is not a court matter, having an experienced Miami DUI lawyer at your side will most often serve to positively impact the outcome of your hearing.

Contact us today if you would like a free consultation regarding your license suspension and DUI charges.

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