Criminal Defense Attorney John Greene Aggressively Defends DUI & BUI Cases in Okaloosa & Walton Counties and Throughout Northwest Florida
If You Have Been Arrested for DUI You Must Take Action Within 10 Days
If you fail to request an administrative hearing within 10 days of your arrest, the Department of Motor Vehicles will automatically suspend your drivers’s license.
I will schedule a formal review of the suspension of your driver’s license and attend the DMV hearing for you. I will get you a temporary driver’s license that will extend your driving privileges pending the outcome of the DMV formal review.
If you hire me you will not be required to attend most of the scheduled court dates. I will attend in your place. I will get copies of all arrest reports, witness statement, test results and videos. You will be able to view these in the privacy of my office.
After all the evidence has been reviewed, I personally will discuss with you all possible defenses to the charge and you will make the decision whether to proceed to trial.
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.
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.
- 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.