It's Friday night and you just clocked out. After a long week of hard work and putting in a few extra hours, you're looking forward to the weekend. The plan is to meet some friends at a bar around the corner and let loose.
By the end of the night, you realize you've had maybe one too many, but still feel good enough to drive home. After all, you live just ten minutes or so away. Despite your best judgment, you hop in the car and head to the house. Still soaking up the good vibes from all the fun you had, you start to speed and swerve. Next thing you know, blue lights are swirling in your rearview and signaling you to pull over.
As the officer approaches, you get your license and registration ready and hope for the best. You roll down the window and the officer — who's no dummy — takes one look and asks, "Have you been drinking?" Despite your best plastered-on smile and impeccable respect, he arrests you for driving under the influence.
FIRST OF ALL, THIS DOESN'T HAVE TO BE YOU.
If you know you're going out and there's a possibility that you'll be drinking, put the proper measurements in place to avoid a DUI. Doing so will not only help you stay in good standing with the law, but it will also help make sure you and other people on the road stay safe. Some things you can do to ensure safety include:
Appointing a trusted designated driver or giving a sober friend your keys.
Using public transportation or calling someone who can come pick you up.
Eating before drinking and snacking on carbs to help absorb the alcohol.
Staying the night or booking a nearby hotel room.
Sticking to one type of drink and not mixing dark liquors with light liquors.
FIRST OFFENSE PENALTIES
In Florida, the penalty for a DUI can vary depending on various factors — even if it's your first offense. You'll typically be fined $500 to $1,000 and have your license suspended for six months to a year. You'll also have to serve 50 hours of community service, be placed on probation for up to a year, and could spend up to six months in jail.
As circumstances are more dangerous, the penalties increase. For example, if your breathalyzer test is .15% or higher, if there are minors in the car, or if your DUI caused an accident, then the penalties will be much harsher.
The good news is that as scary as this situation may seem, you don't have to face it alone. Richard L. Cooper is highly skilled at taking on DUI cases and has the experience you need to work towards getting most favorable outcome possible. Consultations are free. Call him to schedule yours today.
MIAMI AREA DUI ATTORNEY
Everyone makes mistakes. When your mistake involves a DUI and you're facing a charge, put your case in the hands of an attorney you can trust. The Law Offices of Richard L. Cooper is here to help you navigate your way through the situation. We're located in Miami and proudly serve the entire area. Call us today to schedule a consultation.