Whether you've been charged with a DUI or aren't sure what to expect if you do get arrested, we can help! Our frequently asked questions below are a great place to get started or you can contact our firm for more insight. Jansen and Davis, P.A. has been fighting DUI charges for over a decade and is committed to making a difference in the community. For personalized counsel, call a Tallahassee DUI attorney from our team today!
Can I refuse to take a chemical test?
Technically yes, however, Florida has an implied consent law which means that every time you get in your car, you are agreeing to take a chemical test if pulled over. Should you refuse, your license will be automatically suspended for at least one year.
What is BAC and how does it affect a DUI?
BAC stands for blood alcohol content. If an officer pulls you over and your BAC is at or above .08%, you can be arrested for driving while intoxicated. For minors, anything at or above .02% is considered illegal.
What penalties could I be facing for a DUI?
Florida enforces strict DUI laws in order to discourage drivers from committing such an offense. If convicted, you could be penalized with up to one year in jail, up to $5,000 in fines, license suspension, and a mandatory interlock ignition device (IID).
Will my DUI conviction be considered a felony?
The classification of your offense depends on past convictions and the circumstances surrounding your case. First time DUI convictions are considered misdemeanors. However, if you have two or more DUI convictions on your record within the past ten years, a third DUI conviction will be considered a felony. If an individual was seriously hurt or killed as a result of your DUI, it may lead to a felony.
How many drinks does it take to reach the legal limit?
While there are online BAC calculators, it is impossible to say for sure how many drinks it takes. No two people are the same and everyone reacts to alcohol differently. If you're unsure, it is always best to exercise too much caution, rather than not enough.
What happens if the officer didn't read my Miranda rights?
If your rights are not read, your case will most likely not be dismissed. Failure to read Miranda rights impacts the statements you give to the officer, not concrete evidence, such as chemical tests.
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