Driving Under the Influence
Palm Beach DUI and Criminal Defense Law Firm
Driving Under the Influence (DUI)
Driving under the Influence (DUI) arrests with alcohol or drugs in Florida involve an extremely complicated system of laws that can seriously impact your life.
If your DUI case is handled improperly, you could face jail time, lose your driver’s license or full driving privileges, pay exorbitantly high insurance premiums, even forfeit your vehicle. That’s why if you’ve been arrested for DUI, seek the advice of an attorney who specializes in DUI defense immediately.
Long-Term Consequences of DUI
On the surface, pleading guilty may seem like the least expensive way of handling a DWI. Not true. A DUI conviction lasts a lifetime. Having a criminal conviction on your record will affect many facets of your life. For example, when applying for a job, you may be required to divulge all criminal convictions on your job application. If your employer routinely performs background checks on employees, your conviction will show up in a search. Plus the costs of higher insurance premiums can be quite significant.
Elements of DUI Offense
Florida has one of the most comprehensive DUI Statutes in the nation. The elements of the offense are as follows: Under Florida Statute § 316.193(1), to prove the crime of Driving under the Influence (DUI), the State must prove the following two elements beyond a reasonable doubt:
1. [The Defendant] drove or was in actual physical control of a vehicle.
2. While driving or in actual physical control of the vehicle, [the Defendant]
Give 2a or b or both as applicable.
a. was under the influence of [alcoholic beverages] [a chemical substance] [a controlled substance] to the extent that [his] [her] normal faculties were impaired.
b. had a [blood] [breath]-alcohol level of .08 or more grams of alcohol per [100 milliliters of blood] [210 liters of breath].
Contact Our Firm Today
If retained to handle your case, we will fight to protect your record, rights and freedom. Contact Attorney Neelakanta at (561) 659-1873 today for a free consultation to discuss your legal issues. The law firm accepts all major credit cards and offers affordable payment plans tailored to meet the individual needs of our clients. You may also submit your case online via our online case submission form for a free case evaluation by clicking here, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.