Charged with a DUI? It is in your best interest to get in touch with a trusted attorney as soon as possible. The sooner you have a DUI lawyer on your side, the better your chances of obtaining reduced or dropped charges. Feel free to reach out to Glenn & Hibbert, P.A., a respected Sarasota law firm with an impressive reputation throughout the state of Florida. Talented lawyers Colleen Glenn and Andrew Hibbert have worked extensively in criminal and DUI law — and both possess the in-depth understanding and legal skill necessary to guide clients through the complex criminal justice process.
DUI Law in Florida
In the state of Florida, DUI is defined as driving with a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) of 0.08 or above. However, for those operating commercial vehicles, a BAC of 0.04 or higher is sufficient for a DUI conviction. Drivers under the age of 21 can be charged with driving under the influence if their BAC is 0.02 or higher. In addition to being charged with driving under the influence, drivers may be accused of many related crimes, including refusing to submit to a chemical test, vehicular homicide, or DUI manslaughter.
DUI penalties can vary considerably depending on your age, your level of intoxication at the time of arrest, and your criminal history. Generally, a first-time offender can expect to spend up to 180 days in jail. Additional consequences for first-time offenders include license suspension, fines of up to $500, community service, mandatory participation in education programs, and temporary vehicle impoundment. For second-time offenders, the maximum jail sentence is 270 days and the maximum fine is $1,000. If the second offense occurs within five years of the first offense, the minimum jail sentence is ten days.
Glenn & Hibbert, P.A.: Trusted DUI Representation in Sarasota, Florida
If you have been accused of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, it is imperative that you seek counsel from a trusted legal representative. The wrong approach to DUI law can leave you with both an adverse driving and criminal record. However, a good DUI lawyer can minimize the risk of harsh sentencing and get you back on the road as soon as possible. For the ultimate in DUI representation, look to Colleen Glenn and Andrew Hibbert of Glenn & Hibbert, P.A.