Are you facing driving under the influence (DUI) charges in Miami for the first time? If so, you probably have a lot of questions. “Will I have to pay a fine? Will my auto insurance shoot through the roof? Will I have to go to jail?” In order to shed light on a first DUI, I’m going to explain six facts about DUI that you should know.
If you have further questions or if you’re seeking a DUI defense attorney in Miami-Dade County, don’t hesitate to contact me directly. With over 3,000 DUI cases under my belt, I’m more than qualified to give you legal advice.
Fact #1. Most first DUIs are misdemeanors.
Like other states, most first-time DUIs are misdemeanor offenses. However, if you’re involved in an accident that causes serious bodily injuries or death to another person, you would likely face felony DUI charges.
Fact #2. DUI convictions are expensive.
If you’re convicted of a first DUI, you will be fined between $500 and $2,000, but it doesn’t stop there. Perhaps one of the most expensive parts of a DUI conviction is how it affects auto insurance premiums for years. As a driver with a recent DUI, you’re automatically placed into the “high risk” category and that will cost you thousands more than if you were never convicted of DUI.
Fact #3. First DUIs involve community service.
In Florida, if you’re found guilty of DUI, you will have to complete 50 hours of community service; it’s mandatory. Or, you can pay a fine of $10 for each hour of community service that the court requires of you.
Fact #4. Residential alcoholism treatment is possible.
The court has the discretion to require a DUI defendant to participate in a residential alcoholism or substance abuse treatment program. When defendants enroll in such a program, their time served is credited toward their term of imprisonment.
Fact #5. DUIs lead to license revocation.
If you’re convicted of DUI in Florida, you face a license revocation for 180 days to one year. If you want a hardship reinstatement, you have to complete DUI School.
Fact #6. Defendants may avoid a conviction with Back on Track.
If this is your first DUI offense and you qualify for the Back on Track program, you may be able to avoid jail and a criminal conviction!
Facing first-time DUI charges in Miami? Contact me todayto find out if you qualify for the Back on Track program!