First-Time DUI Defense in Jacksonville

Jacksonville DUI Lawyer

Everyone makes mistakes; however, sometimes those mistakes result in greater consequences than others. Being charged with a DUI can profoundly affect the course of your life for years. If convicted of a DUI, even for the first time, you can face a myriad of penalties. Based on a number of factors such as your blood alcohol content at the time of your arrest or if anyone was injured as a result of your decision to operate a vehicle while intoxicated, these penalties could include significant fines or jail time, the impoundment of your vehicle for an extended period of time, or the temporary or permanent suspension of your driver's license.

As a result of a DUI conviction, your insurance payments will also very likely increase, considering that you now represent a greater risk to insurance companies. All these penalties can lastingly throw your future into jeopardy. Without a license it will be harder to get to and from any job and with a criminal record, finding employment will now become increasingly difficult. If you have been arrested for driving under the influence, it is absolutely essential to contact a Jacksonville DUI attorney immediately.

Penalties for a First-Time DUI Conviction

Just because you are facing a first-time conviction does not mean that the penalties will be mild. Take for consideration the fact that even a first time conviction will result in a fine between $500 and $1,000 – and that's only for a BAC under 0.15 percent. Say you have a BAC higher than that (or had a minor in the car). The fine could be raised to between $1,000 and $2,000.

You could also be sentenced to serve 50 hours of mandatory community service; if you don't want to serve the hours, you have to pay $10 per required hour. A first conviction can also result in a sentence of up to six months of imprisonment – if the BAC is over 0.15 percent or if there was a minor in the vehicle at the time of the arrest, it could be as long as nine months. Another penalty includes vehicle impoundment for 10 days.

Why hire a Jacksonville DUI lawyer from our firm?

At the Law Offices of Jason K.S. Porter, P.A. we value the absolute importance of vigorously defending the rights of first-time DUI offenders. Usually, the penalties for first time offenders are aimed at deterring the first time offender from driving under the influence in the future. Even though this may be the case, penalties for first time offenders are still harsh and should not be considered lightly. First time offenders must face a DHSMV hearing to determine the future of their driver's license. If you do not hire a lawyer before this meeting, you may have your license revoked for up to 18 months.

Do not hesitate to contact one of our skilled DUI attorneys today.

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