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DUI Attorney in Panama City, FL

Panama City DUI Penalties

If you have been arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) in Panama City or any of the surrounding areas you are probably wondering what types of penalties you could be facing. You may also be wondering where you can find an experienced Panama City DUI attorney to help you fight the charges.

A first-time DUI conviction in the state of Florida will likely result in:

  • A mandatory 180-day driver's license suspension
  • Up to $500 in fines (as well as various other fees and charges)
  • 50 hours of community service
  • A 6-month jail sentence
  • Vehicle impoundment

The judge will impose additional penalties depending on the circumstances of your DUI case and whether you have multiple DUI convictions on record. Those penalties can include additional jail time, increased fines, a longer period of driver's license suspension, having to attend a court-ordered DUI school, being required to install an ignition interlock device (IID) on your vehicle, and more. You should expect your insurance rates to be significantly increased as well.

Do not underestimate the importance of hiring an attorney. Attorney Seaton is a highly-trained attorney who has built up a reputation for being a trusted and devoted legal advocate for the criminally accused. She has helped hundreds of clients fight DUI and other criminal charges, and is committed to providing clients with the solid defense strategy they need to pursue the most positive outcome for their case. It is her past experiences and her in-depth knowledge of Florida's criminal laws and statutes that has earned our firm top ratings from the rating service, Avvo®.

How a Panama City DUI Lawyer Can Help

Despite what law enforcement officers or the prosecuting attorney may lead you to believe, a positive field sobriety test or a breathalyzer test showing a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08% or above, does not guarantee a conviction. There are numerous ways in which the so-called evidence against you in a DUI case can be challenged successfully. An incorrect calibration on a breathalyzer machine, no probable cause for the officer to make an arrest, improperly administered blood/breath tests and other reasons could all lead to a wrongful arrest.

That is why it is extremely important that you obtain legal counsel immediately upon your arrest. You will greatly improve your chances of getting a reduction or dismissal of the charges you face, and to avoid the penalties connected with a DUI conviction, by obtaining legal counsel from an aggressive DUI lawyer.

To understand your legal rights and to find out how a Panama City DUI lawyer can help you avoid DUI penalties, contact our firm at once.

Reasons To Choose Attorney Seaton:

  • Over 10 Years of Legal Experience

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  • Numerous Cases Successfully Litigated

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  • Proudly Represents in the Entire 14th Circuit

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