If you are under 21 years of age and caused an accident due to driving under the influence near Fort Lauderdale, it is important to seek legal counsel immediately as the charges will be quite serious. Call an experienced DUI attorney to navigate criminal and civil charges.

A suspected DUI driver who struck a golf cart on the MacArthur Causeway  appeared in bond court. Twenty-year-old Paloma Guelfi faces multiple DUI-related charges in connection to the collision.

Driving under the influence.

Under Florida Statute 316.193, a person is guilty of the offense of operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol when driving is affected to the extent that physical faculties are impaired and the impaired driver has a blood alcohol level of .08 or more grams of alcohol per 100 milliliters of blood; and the driver has a breath-alcohol of .08 ore more grams of alcohol  per 210 liters of breath. Florida Law Enforcement Officers issued 43,899 tickets for driving under the influence (DUI) in 2017 according to the Florida Department of Motor Vehicles.  Over half of those resulted in convictions in Florida courts.  DUI offenses and underage drinking and driving are very serious matters in the State of Florida resulting in the Zero Tolerance policy for drivers younger than 21.

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Zero tolerance.

The Zero Tolerance law means that any driver under 21 that is stopped by law enforcement and has a blood alcohol level of .02 or higher will automatically have their Florida driver’s license suspended for 6 months. The .02 limit really means that you cannot have a single drink and drive. And that’s the idea.  The average costs of a DUI including legal defense, fines and increases in auto insurance are approximately $8,000. If it is the first time that you are caught with a blow of .02 or higher, your license will be suspended for six months. If it is a second or subsequent offense, then the suspension is 1 year. If you are under 21 and you refuse to submit to the breath test the first suspension is one year. If you are under 21 and you refuse to submit a second or subsequent time the suspension is 18 months.

Penalties.

First Time DUI Offenses May Result in Penalties Such As:

  • Fine – $500 to $1000 (blood alcohol level of .15 or higher or minor in vehicle)
  • Community Service – 50 Hours
  • Probation – Not more than 1 Year
  • Imprisonment – Not more than 6 Months
  • Imprisonment with BAL of .08 or higher with a minor in the vehicle, not more than 9 months
  • License Revocation – Minimum of 180 days
  • DUI School – 12 Hours

Penalties for a first DUI conviction in Florida increase dramatically if BAL (Blood Alcohol Level is .15 or higher or if a minor is in the vehicle). In these cases an Ignition Interlock Device may be installed for at least 6 continuous months.

Additional DUI Convictions

Each additional DUI conviction will cause increased penalties in Florida. Complete details on Florida DUI penalties can be found in the Florida drivers manual.

Hire a DUI Attorney.

Driving under the influence while underage is a serious infraction of the law with dire consequences to a person’s livelihood.  If you caused an accident, you will need a knowledgeable experienced DUI attorney for successful navigation of your charges in order to yield the best outcome.  Call the King Lindsey Law Firm for experienced representation for your criminal charges and possible civil lawsuit for damages.

 

King Lindsey, P.A.

633 South Federal Highway
Suite 200 B
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

CALL TODAY (954) 867-6518

 

Sources:

https://www.cdc.gov/motorvehiclesafety/impaired_driving/impaired-drv_factsheet.html

http://www.leg.state.fl.us/statutes/index.cfm?App_mode=Display_Statute&URL=0300-0399/0316/Sections/0316.193.html