Jacksonville DUI Lawyer
Fighting DUI Charges in Florida for Years
Were you arrested for driving under the influence? Get an experienced and aggressive Jacksonville DUI attorney. At the Law Offices of Jason K.S. Porter, P.A., our proven defense team can provide sound advice and guidance to protect you from the maximum penalties.
There is much at stake after one has been arrested for driving while intoxicated. A conviction can mean a suspended license, heavy fines and even imprisonment. The outcome of your case rests heavily on the attorney that you choose to represent you in your case. For this reason, we encourage you to give our firm a call as soon as possible.
Why Choose us for DUI Defense?
- 90+ years of combined legal experience
- Three members of our firm are former DUI prosecutors
- Former law enforcement officer and DMV DUI hearing officer on staff
- 10.0 Superb Avvo Rating for knowledge & skill
- Military & First Responder Discounts Available
Our Jacksonville DUI lawyers can guide you through the criminal justice system and help you prepare for Florida's DMV administrative hearings to protect your driver's license. From start to finish, our attorneys will work toward a positive outcome that is always in your best interests. Over the years, we have developed skilled legal tactics that can serve to benefit your case. We also have three former DUI prosecutors on staff. As such, our lawyers are able to see a case from all angles and effectively fight back against your accusations.
Any Jacksonville DUI Lawyer at Our Firm Can Handle the Following Types of Cases:
- DUI case appeals: When a conviction or other court ruling results from an error in law or fact, they may be challenged and reversed at the appellate level. Our firm has experience with appealing erroneous DUI rulings.
- DUI expungement: Expungement of a DUI conviction is a form of legal relief that removes it from a person’s criminal record. This can significantly benefit convicts in terms of opening future employment, educational, and financial opportunities that would otherwise be precluded or impaired upon reviewing a person’s criminal record.
- Commercial driver DUI: A person who operates a motor vehicle for commercial purposes may be vulnerable to unique legal challenges, including commercial driver’s license suspensions, and bias associated with the duties that are specific to some commercial drivers.
- Boating under the influence: The risk of being charged for a DUI is not just limited to driving a car on public roads or highways. Florida DUI law also prohibits the operation of watercraft under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
- DUI involving drugs: DUI offenses typically involve cases of alcoholic intoxication. However, a person who was under the influence of other illegal substances are just as likely—if not more likely—to be confronted with criminal charges and prejudicial treatment by prosecutors or the court.
- Felony DUI charges: The consequences of a DUI may be enhanced under certain circumstances, such as cases involving significantly high blood toxicity levels or if serious injury or death results from a person’s drunk driving.
- First-time DUI charges: First-time convictions for DUIs are not as serious as multiple subsequent DUI offenses. The consequences for a first-time conviction are not trivial, as one can still face penalties including a $500-$1000 fine, incarceration for up to six months, or 50 hours of community service.
- Multiple DUI charges: Subsequent or multiple DUI convictions carry with them more severe legal penalties, including a prison term between 9 months to 1 year, up to $4,000 in fines, and driver’s license suspension for up to 5 years.
- Out-of-state DUI charges: DUI offenses committed out of state are subject to the Non-Resident Violators Compact and the Driver’s Licenses Compact DLC—interstate agreements that allow other states to impose criminal penalties in out-of-state drivers, including licenses suspensions.
- Underage DUI charges: If a minor is caught and charged with a DUI, not only are they liable for the underlying DUI offense but also for prohibitions against underage drinking. Under Florida’s zero-tolerance law, drivers with a blood-alcohol level exceeding .02 are guilty of a DUI.
Penalities for Driving Under the Influence in Florida
You could be facing serious penalties that could significantly alter your life, even for a first-time conviction. For subsequent offenses, you will face enhanced penalties, including higher fines, longer jail times, and even a felony DUI. There is a lot at stake and it is important that you call a DUI attorney in Jacksonville as soon as possible to learn more about your defense options.
Penalties that can result from a DUI conviction are detailed under Florida law. These crimes fall under Chapter 316, detailing State Uniform Traffic Control. In its most basic definition, driving under the influence is when an individual operates a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08% or higher. There are, of course, numerous other factors that could drastically change the DUI charges and possible penalties.
First-Time Penalties for DUI:
- Up to $1,000 in fines and penalties
- One-year suspension of your driver's license
- Installation of ignition interlock device
- Up to 6 months in jail (9 months if BAC exceeds 0.15)
- Community service
- DUI school/substance abuse treatment
Under Florida Law, it is illegal to drive when your BAC, or blood alcohol content, exceeds 0.08%. Your BAC levels are determined using various chemical tests, like a breathalyzer or blood test. Even if you are on the cusp of reaching 0.08%, you may still receive a DUI because of your impaired driving. An officer will perform a field sobriety test to determine if the amount of alcohol you have consumed affects your motor skills.
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Possible Defense Strategies Against DUI
- Probable cause - Did the arresting officer have a valid reason or suspicion to pull you over?
- Breathalyzer accuracy - Breathalyzers are known to produce inaccurate results, are prone to human error, and can be influenced by many environmental factors.
- Miranda rights were read to you - The arresting officer is required to read your Miranda rights the moment you are arrested
- Personal medical issue - Many health conditions can affect breathalyzer results, including hypoglycemia, diabetes, or people who are on a high-protein diet.
If you were arrested for DUI, do not lose hope. Our DUI attorney can analyze every aspect of your case, including the arrest, the blood/chemical test results, and whether proper police procedures were followed. We pay attention to the little details that can make a significant difference in the outcome of your case.
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With us on your side, we can effectively guide you through the complex legal system with a powerful defense strategy. At the Law Offices of Jason K.S. Porter, P.A. we have extensive experience handling DUI cases and are knowledgeable about the latest strategies in DUI defense. With our aggressive representation, our DUI attorney in Jacksonville, FL can start building a case to help you receive the best possible outcome.
Contact the Law Offices of Jason K.S. Porter, P.A. to discuss your charges with a DUI attorney in Jacksonville.
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