Driving And Boating Under The Influence

Aggressive Defense Of DUI And Boating Under The Influence Charges

A conviction for DUI or boating under the influence can have substantial, long-term consequences. You may lose your driving privileges, incur substantial fines and face jail time. A drunk driving conviction could also lead to higher insurance premiums, community service, substance abuse treatment and probation. You want an experienced DUI lawyer to represent you, one who knows and understands the law, who will help you identify your options, and who will fight to protect your rights.

Overview Of The Crime Of Drunk Driving

Each state has its own set of drunk driving laws, but there are certain concepts and features common to most states’ drunk-driving jurisprudence. Basically, as we all know, it is illegal and a crime for a person to operate a motor vehicle after consuming alcohol and/or drugs to a degree that impairs his or her safe driving ability and judgment. Both criminal and civil penalties for drunk driving can be harsh and often include:

  • Loss or suspension of license
  • Large fines
  • Substance-abuse treatment
  • Jail or prison time
  • Community service
  • Restitution
  • Criminal record
  • Restrictive probationary license programs, including ignition interlock devices and Cinderella licenses

In addition, the social stigma and effect on your career may have lifelong negative consequences.

What We Do For You

We handle all aspects of a DUI charge, from the administrative hearing on license suspension or revocation to the criminal proceeding. We will carefully investigate the details of the traffic stop to make certain there was probable cause to pull you over. Many of our DUI clients have been stopped on Interstate 10 or Interstate 110.

We will examine the police records and question witnesses to determine whether you were properly advised of your rights before you made statements to the police. We will also review the field sobriety and blood alcohol tests to verify that they were correctly administered.

We also represent boaters who have been charged with drunk driving on many of the major waterways in the Florida Panhandle, including Pensacola Beach, Destin Beach and Fort Walton Beach.

For a free initial consultation with an aggressive Florida criminal defense lawyer, contact us by email or call 850-542-0371 or toll-free at 1-800-829-6157.