Drunk driving in Florida in a serious matter. Please be aware that the Department of motor vehicles (DMV) states that driving is a privilege and not a right. The DMV can suspend your driving privileges separate from any court action.
You have a limited time to request an administrative hearing in order to have the DMV review your case to possibly avoid suspension. Again, this is separate from the court date you will receive.
Please be aware that you can attempt to get the minimum mandatory sentence with a negotiated plea bargain with the State. You can attempt this without an attorney. However, an attorney should be able to ensure you receive the best possible plea. This firm will do this for a reduced fee. If trial is necessary, then a separate fee for costs and time will be necessary.
Please allow this firm to obtain the discovery (the facts and evidence the State has) to evaluate your case before making your decision to accept a plea or take your case further.
Drunk Driving Penalties in Florida
If you drink alcohol and drive you dramatically increase your chance of being in a crash. In addition, if you are pulled over and the officer asks you to take a blood, urine or breath test you are required to comply. Florida has the “Implied Consent Law”. When you sign your drivers license you have agreed to take these tests upon request. Refusal to take any of the tests will result in an immediate suspension for one year. A second refusal will result in an 18 month suspension.
2017 DUI Statistics
According to Florida DMV records there were 43,899 DUI Violation Tickets Issued in 2017 and 24,334 DUI convictions. Of the 43,899 DUI tickets issued in Florida in 2017 – 7,612 were issued by the FHP, 17,530 were issued by police departments in Florida, and 18,056 were issued by Florida Sheriffs departments.
2017 Florida DUI Original Violations in the large Counties
Hillsborough County (Tampa) – 4,499
Miami-Dade – (Miami) – 3,099
Duval County – (Jacksonville Area) – 2,995
Pinellas County (St Petersburg) – 3,155
Palm Beach County (West Palm Beach) – 2,567
Orange County (Orlando) – 2,013
Brevard County (Melbourne) – 2,466
Broward County (Fort Lauderdale) – 3,104
The full article, including citations can be found at https://dipetrillo.com/florida-drunk-driving.