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DUI is an extremely serious criminal offense that may carry misdemeanor or felony penalties

If you have been arrested for Driving Under the Influence (DUI) in Sarasota, Manatee or DeSoto counties in Florida, contact the Dunn Law Firm for a free consultation. DUI is an extremely serious criminal offense that may carry misdemeanor or felony penalties, depending on the number of prior convictions and whether the incident caused death or serious bodily injury. Remember: a conviction will affect not just your criminal record, but your liberty, your financial well-being, your reputation, insurance premiums, and driving privileges for the long-term.

DUI Overview

Under Florida law, DUI is defined as the act of driving (or being in actual physical control of a vehicle) while a person is impaired beyond his or her normal faculties, or while he or she has an unlawful blood alcohol level.

DUI Penalties 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.

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

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 hearing is your only opportunity to fight the automatic suspension of your driver’s license. Attorney Adam Dunn 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 The Dunn Law Firm. P.A.

Defenses to DUI

DUI is an extremely complex practice area in criminal law, and there are numerous defenses existing to contest the charge and avoid or minimize its harsh consequences.

DUI while on vacation in Sarasota or surrounding counties?

Sarasota is a fantastic city where we have world class beaches and plenty of establishments to serve you libations at those places. This atmosphere can lead to a few too many drinks and the next thing you know you’ve been arrested for DUI. Of course what makes it worse is when you need to be back to work in your hometown on Monday morning. Contact The Dunn Law Firm to discuss your options about resolving your case without having to take a trip back to Sarasota.