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What to Expect if You are Convicted of DUI in Florida

Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is illegal in Panama City and throughout the entire state of Florida. Anyone who has been arrested and charged with driving under the influence (DUI) can expect to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. If you or a loved one has been arrested for DUI, we strongly advise you seek legal counsel from an experienced criminal defense attorney at Seaton Law Offices, P.A. Do not let law enforcement officials lead you to believe you will be found guilty simply because you failed a field sobriety test or blood test. Such results have often been successfully challenged due to issues such as inaccurate readings, faulty equipment, or improperly administered tests.

If you are convicted of first-time DUI, you could be facing up to a $1000 in fines, 50 hours of community service, up to six months in jail, 10 days of vehicle impoundment and the associated costs, and a year suspension of your driver's license. A second conviction could lead to fines ranging from $1000 to $2000, up to nine months in jail, a 30-day vehicle impoundment and the suspension of your driver's license for 5 years. After that, a third misdemeanor DUI conviction would result in between $2,000 and $5,000 worth of fines, between 30 days and one-year in jail, a 90-day vehicle impoundment and the revocation of your driver's license for ten full years, and ignition interlock being placed on you vehicle for a minimum of 2 years. In addition, you can expect to have your insurance rates dramatically increase following a DUI conviction and you may be required to pay for the installation of an ignition interlock device on your vehicles. It is extremely important for you to contact our firm as soon as possible following a DUI arrest. Our firm has successfully represented clients facing all types of DUI charges and we are dedicated to providing you with the high-quality, aggressive representation you need.

Don't plead guilty without first having your case evaluated by a skilled Panama City criminal defense lawyer from Seaton Law Offices, P.A.