Anneli Nystrand, Esq.
Associate

What penalties am I facing if I am convicted?

Some possible penalties of a DUI conviction are driver’s license suspension, DUI School, a Victim Awareness Program, alcohol checks, court-ordered counseling, vehicle impoundment and/or ignition interlock, an alcohol monitoring (SCRAM) bracelet, probation, and fines.  If you have a prior DUI conviction on your record, you may also face jail time.

You may or may not be adjudicated guilty.  Many times, our office can negotiate an “adjudication withheld” so that you do not have a criminal conviction on your record.  In that case, you are usually eligible for a criminal record sealing.  It is important to have an experienced attorney on your side. Contact us for your free case evaluation.

What other consequences am I facing if I have a DUI on my record?

In addition to court-imposed penalties, you may also face increased car insurance premiums, the loss of your job or difficulty obtaining employment later in life, student disciplinary proceedings, and financial and emotional burden on your family and friends.

How long will it take to resolve my case?

Most cases take approximately 4 months to be resolved.  It may be shorter, or it may take longer depending on the complexity of your case, and whether you decide to accept a plea offer.

Cases may take a year or more if there are multiple charges, there are driver’s license issues separate from the criminal case, or there were extenuating circumstances such as property damage or injury.

How much will it cost?

There are many court costs and fees associated with a DUI.  If you are convicted, the court costs are $990.  DUI school will cost between $250-$450, depending on which level you need.  There are also costs associated with probation, vehicle immobilization, alcohol monitoring, and reinstating your driver’s license.

The cost to hire an attorney will vary depending on the complexity of your case.  The first consultation is always free.  Contact us to schedule your free case evaluation.

How long will my driver’s license be suspended?

The Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles has the authority to suspend your driver’s license, and the court will add a separate suspension if you are convicted.  The length of the suspensions depends on several factors, including whether you submitted to chemical testing (breath, blood, or urine) and whether this is your first DUI.  Read more about driver’s license suspensions, or contact us for your free case evaluation.

Can I drink alcohol during my case?
Will I be subject to drug testing?

If you were arrested on suspicion of Driving Under the Influence of drugs rather than alcohol, drug testing may be required as part of your release from jail.  In the event that you test positive for drugs, you are in violation of your pretrial release and you may be placed under arrest.

What is the best way to contact your office?

Our office email address is info@meadowslaw.com.  Please click here to contact us via email.  You can also call us at (850) 224-8873, or toll free at (800) 681-0139.

Our office is located at:
403 North Calhoun Street
Tallahassee, Florida  32301

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