Destin DUI Attorney
John F. Greene Can Protect Your Rights Against DUI & BUI Charges in Florida
DUI and drug offenses are aggressively enforced in Okaloosa and Walton Counties.
If you are stopped for suspicion of DUI, you have the right to refuse the field sobriety tests, as well as the Breathalyzer, unless there has been an accident involving serious injury or death.
Enforcement of DUI is by criminal prosecution in the County Court and administratively by the Department of Motor Vehicles.
- The penalty for a first conviction is imprisonment for 6 months. However, most offenders are placed on probation for one year and ordered to pay a fine of not less than $500 or more than $1000, plus court costs, to submit to a substance abuse evaluation, perform 50 hours of community service, and impoundment of your vehicle for 10 days.
- For a second conviction, the penalties are enhanced, to imprisonment of 9 months, a fine of not less than $1000 nor more than $2000, installation of an ignition interlock device, and impoundment for 30 days.
Refusal to submit to a breath test will result in the DMV suspending driving privileges for a period of one year or for a period of 18 months if driving privileges have been previously suspended. A driver who submits to a breath or blood test and has a blood alcohol level of .08 or higher will have their driving privileges suspended for a period of 6 months for a first offense or for a period of 1 year if driving privileges have been previously suspended.
The 10 Day Rule allows a driver to request a formal hearing to review the suspension by the DMV within 10 days after your arrest and issuance of the notice of suspension.
A person whose driver’s license is suspended may apply for issuance of a hardship license for business or employment purposes. When the suspension is for failure to submit to a breath or blood test, a hardship license may be applied for after 90 days. If the suspension is for a blood alcohol level of .08 or higher, a hardship license may be applied for after 30 days.