Ocala and Gainesville DUI Defense Lawyer

Helping Clients Avoid Criminal Convictions in Marion County

Few feelings are worse than seeing those red and blue lights flash up in your rearview mirror. No one likes getting a traffic ticket, but it pales in comparison to being arrested for DUI. Consequences for impaired driving can cause major inconveniences to a person's life, such as:

  • License suspensions
  • Installations of interlock devices
  • Huge fines

If you were arrested for DUI, it is crucial that you get the help of an Ocala or Gainesville DUI defense lawyer who can help you protect your future and avoid a criminal conviction.

Schedule your free consultation with the Ocala and Gainesville criminal defense lawyer at DefendOcala.com or DefendGainesville.com today by dialing (352) 390-2693 or contacting our team online.

Consequences of a DUI Conviction

In Florida, it is illegal to drive with too much alcohol in the bloodstream. This is measured with a blood alcohol content (BAC) reading, and that reading should not be higher than .08 percent for anyone over 21. For most people, that amounts to somewhere around two beers or one cocktail per hour, although each person is different.

If you are convicted of DUI, you could face:

  • Six months in jail for a first conviction, nine months for a second, and up to five years for a third
  • Fines of up to $2,000 for a first conviction, up to $4,000 for a second, and up to $5,000 for a third
  • License suspension for up to a year for a first conviction, five years for a second, and 10 years for a third

For drivers under 21, the BAC limit is .02 percent. For commercial drivers, it is .04 percent. These penalties also increase depending on how frequently they occur, meaning that if you are convicted of more than one DUI within a five-year period, penalties are likely to be increased.

You may also have to have an interlock device installed on your car that will prevent you from driving it if your alcohol level is above the legal limit.

Defending Yourself against These Charges

Defending Yourself against These Charges

You may have been falsely accused of impaired driving, in which case it is crucial that you retain the services of a lawyer who can help you prove your innocence.

For example, you may have been subjected to:

  • Faulty field sobriety testing
  • Inaccurate breathalyzer readings
  • Unlawful stop practices by law enforcement

DefendOcala.com and DefendGainesville.com may be able to look at the evidence filed against you to help you demonstrate that you are not the criminal the prosecution makes you out to be. It is also possible that you simply made a judgment error. In these cases, you should not be penalized to the same extent as someone with a criminal history. There are other options besides jail time, license suspension, and fines.

For example, we may be able to help you negotiate a plea bargain that will prevent you from serious sentencing with the expectation that you will not make the same mistake again.

Call DefendOcala.com or DefendGainesville.com Now

During your free consultation, we can go over the details of your case to help you understand the charges against you, what they mean, and how to prepare. Let our team help you protect your future.