Driving while under the influence of alcohol or other intoxicants is against the law and can result in you being compelled to face profoundly serious penalties in Largo, Florida. The exact penalties you face will vary in severity depending on whether this is your first offense or if you have been arrested for DUI in the past. If you have been arrested for DUI in the past you will have to face more serious penalties.
For first-time DUI offenses, you will be fined between $500-$2000 depending on how high your BAC was. You will also have to do community service and may face jail time as well. The more times you are caught for driving under the influence, the higher the fines and time in jail will climb.
One of the penalties you can be subjected to is having to install an ignition interlock device into your vehicle. This device tests your breath alcohol level before you can turn on your vehicle. You may not be ordered to install this device after your first DUI offense, but after your second offense, it is required by law for you to have the device installed. You are responsible to pay for the expenses yourself and will not be assisted by the court in arranging the payment.
Under what conditions can I be charged with DUI in Largo, Florida?
You can be arrested by a police officer on the charges of DUI if you were operating a vehicle with a BAC above the legal limit of .08. Even if your BAC is under this limit, you may still be arrested if the officer deems your ability to drive and communication is impaired. If you are underage and you are caught drinking and driving, you can be charged with DUI even if your BAC is as low as 0.2.
Since DUI is a crime, you will have a criminal record if you are charged with it. You should call a criminal defense attorney at your earliest convenience after your confrontation with the police officers so you can figure out a defense to possibly have your charges reduced. The good news is that if you are a first-time offender, or in other specific cases, you may be able to enter a program in which you fulfill certain requirements so you are not given a permanent criminal record. A qualified attorney can educate you on what options are available for your exact circumstances.
Get in touch with a criminal defense lawyer today at Trevena Pontrello and Associates.
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