DUI Laws in St. Petersburg Florida & Your Defense
A DUI can happen when you least expect it. The state of Florida classifies a DUI as driving with a blood-alcohol level of .08, but many people don’t know how much they can drink before they reach the legal limit. In fact, simply having a few glasses of wine at dinner can lead to unexpected red and blue lights in your rear view mirror.
If you have recently been arrested and charged with a DUI, it’s important to remember that a DUI arrest is not a conviction, and there is still time to take the necessary steps to alter the outcome of the case and potentially prevent it from staying on your record. The attorneys at Khonsari Law Group’s #1 priority is to clear your name, and they we will work diligently with you to make sure we do everything within our power to keep your DUI charge off your record.
Florida law defines a DUI as driving under the influence of alcoholic beverages, chemical substances or controlled substances, and states that is proved by impairment of normal faculties or unlawful blood alcohol or breath alcohol level of .08 or above. Most DUI’s are determined by breathalyzer tests, which measure your breath alcohol level.
Florida law requires you to take a breath test, and if you refuse this test, your license could potentially be suspended for one year. However, when you take the breath test, the officer is required to follow the proper procedures. Failing to do so can cause inaccuracies in the results, putting the entire test into question, which could lead to better results in your case.
DUI laws are very intricate, and someone charged with a DUI needs a DUI defense lawyer who has experience in this particular field. Mr. Khonsari, recognized in the past as a top DUI prosecutor, not only has the knowledge and experience in the defense of DUI cases, but also knows what the prosecutors are looking for in establishing their case.
Common Defenses Against St Petersurg DUI Charges
An inaccurate breathalyzer test is just one of the many ways to defend against a DUI conviction. Other potential defenses include:
St Petersburg Florida DUI Penalties & Fines
If convicted of a DUI, the punishments and penalties vary drastically depending on the number of past DUI convictions.
|Offense||Jail Time||Fines & Penalties||License Suspension|
|1st Offense||6 to 9 months||$500 to $2000||180 days to 1 year|
|2nd Offense||9 months to 1 year||$1000 to $4000||Up to 5 years|
|3rd Offense||Up to 1 year||$2000 to $5000||Up to 10 years|
A judge also must require the following by Florida DUI statutes if convicted:
In addition to the fines and penalties of a DUI conviction, you can also expect a minimum of a 10-day vehicle immobilization or impoundment (unless your family has no other means of transportation), increased insurance costs, and a criminal record, which can limit job opportunities.
What is DUI Manslaughter?
If your DUI charge occurred during a motor vehicle accident where someone was killed, you may be facing a DUI Manslaughter charge. There are various types of DUI Manslaughter charges with varying consequences including imprisonment, steep fines, loss of driving privileges, and more. Learn more about DUI Manslaughter and how the KLG team can help defend your rights against this serious accusation.
Contact an Experienced St Pete DUI Defense Lawyer Today
If you or a loved one has been arrested for a DUI, it’s important that they elicit the help of an experienced DUI criminal attorney because your freedom is at stake. A DUI arrest is especially daunting in that a conviction can directly impact your day to day life, as well as add a criminal conviction to your record. Attorney Rohom Khonsari is an experienced former prosecutor who understands how the Florida court system works and how to handle DMV administrative proceedings. You don’t have to live in fear of a DUI conviction, Contact our office in St. Petersburg, Florida today for a free legal consultation with our experienced DUI lawyers.