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.