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 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 / immobilization
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.