First Time DUI

First Time DUI in Florida


     Most people who are arrested for Driving Under the Influence in Florida (DUI) for the first time have never been arrested at all before.  The entire experience is frightening and confusing and they likely are not sure what to do next.  In the case of a drunk driving arrest, it is of the utmost importance to retain the service of an experienced DUI attorney as soon as possible after they a person is arrested. 

     When a person is arrested for drunk driving in Florida, their driver's license is seized and will be suspended within 10 days if action is not taken with the Department of Motor Vehicles Bureau of Administrative Reviews.   In order to protect a person's driving privileges, it is always wise to retain an experienced DUI attorney to act on your behalf to challenge the automatic driver's license suspension with the local DMV administrative review office.  Fort Lauderdale DUI defense lawyer Antonio D. Quinn, Esq. has handled countless administrative review hearings in Broward  County as well as in Palm Beach in an effort to protect his client's driving privileges. 

      Fort Lauderdale DUI lawyer Antonio D. Quinn, Esq. will put his knowledge and experience to work for you.  Quinn Law, P.A. will aggressively defend you against your DUI charges and will work to minimize the damage, expense and inconvenience that this unfortunate incident will end up causing you. 

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First Time DUI arrests in Florida

Most drivers who find themselves stopped by the police for Driving Under the Influence (DUI) are at an instant disadvantage because they are not familiar with the law and their Constitutional rights.   A person may feel intimidated and agree to take a breath or urine test even though they know that they are intoxicated despite the fact that it is their Constitutional right to refuse to do so.  The legislature and the Supreme Court of Florida have laid out for police officers strict guidelines which must be followed during a DUI investigation.  This is to ensure that a person's Constitutionally protected rights are not violated during the course of a DUI investigation.  It is a DUI defense attorney's responsibility to ensure that all of those guidelines were followed for their client and if a failure to conform to those guidelines is discovered, a skilled DUI defense attorney such as Ft. Lauderdale DUI attorney Antonio D. Quinn, Esq. can move the court to throw out evidence and sometimes for an outright dismissal of the DUI charge.  As a veteran DUI defense attorney in two of the toughest counties in the state, Fort Lauderdale DUI attorney Antonio D. Quinn, Esq. has the experience and the knowledge necessary to defend you in your first time DUI case. 

Penalties for a First Time DUI in Florida

  Under FSS 316.193, if you are convicted of a first time DUI, you will be facing:

  • A minimum of six months probation and up to six months in jail
  • $500-$1,000 in fines
  • A 6-12 month driver's license suspension
  • The installation of an ignition interlock on your vehicle
  • Your vehicle may be immobilized pursuant to statute for 10 days
  • Level 1 DUI school
  • 50 hours of community service

If you have been arrested for drunk driving in Florida and this is your first DUI arrest, then you will qualify for a hardship driver's license which will enable you to drive in order to travel to and from work and other essential life function while your DUI case is pending.  However, if you have been arrested for DUI in Florida, it is very important that you do not take any action with the Department of Motor Vehicles without first retaining an experienced DUI attorney who can advise you of your rights and the possible consequences of waiving those rights.  Do not rely on the person at the desk at the DMV to explain your options.  Have an experienced professional who is looking out for your best represent you in your dealing with the Department of Motor Vehicles Bureau of Administrative Reviews. 

Ft. Lauderdale DUI lawyer Antonio D. Quinn will use his experience and his expertise to protect your criminal record as well as your driving privileges.    To schedule an appointment with an experienced, aggressive and effective Ft. Lauderdale DUI defense attorney contact Quinn Law, P.A. at (954) 463-0440

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