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In Florida, it is a crime to drive under the influence of alcohol or another controlled substance. If you operate your motor vehicle with a blood-alcohol level of .08 or more (.02 for those under the age of 21), you’re breaking the law; and if it’s .15 or more, you face harsher penalties.
Known in Florida as a DUI (driving under the influence) you may also hear it called driving while intoxicated (DWI), or operating under the influence (OUI). Whatever you call it, the crime commonly and mistakenly referred to as “drunk driving” has some severe penalties.
A DUI is taken very seriously in Florida, with first-time misdemeanor convictions resulting in:
If you’ve been charged with a DUI, you probably have many questions about what to do. We understand this can be a stressful time, especially when faced with the loss of your license. Having a criminal lawyer who understands the intricacies of Florida’s DUI laws can help alleviate some of your concerns.
In Florida, a DUI accident is defined as one which involves a person who drove or was in physical control of a vehicle while their “normal faculties” were impaired by a controlled substance or alcohol intoxication.
If you or someone you know has been charged with a DUI, don’t face the charges alone. A knowledgeable and experienced Vero Beach criminal lawyer can ensure your rights are not violated and possibly help reduce or dismiss your charges.
As established family and criminal law attorneys, The Chesnutt Law Firm understand the importance of developing a solid legal defense for its clients accused of a DUI in Vero Beach or surrounding area. We’re dedicated to working tirelessly to protect your rights.