Why Is It So Important To Fight DUI Charges?
We understand that pleading guilty may feel like the easiest solution, but you do not want to give up your chance to protect your rights, your license and your freedom. Even a first-time offense has serious consequences, including a permanent criminal record if you are convicted.
Speak with an experienced DUI defense lawyer at Pilka Adams & Reed, P.A., to learn how the law will apply to your case. Attorney James Adams has the experience you need to fight DUI charges in Florida. He has represented hundreds of people charged with DUI and knows how critical it is that you stay out of jail and keep your driving privileges. He will fight tirelessly to protect your future from these serious charges.
How A DUI Conviction Can Change Your Life
The arrest was probably traumatic, especially if it was your first one. While those memories may fade over time, the consequences of a conviction will remain with you for months or years, depending on the specifics of the case.
A first offense may include the following penalties:
- Fines between $500 and $1,000
- Jail sentence of up to six months
- The suspension of your driver’s license for up to a year
- Alcohol counseling and education
Subsequent offenses have harsher fines and longer jail terms. They may also require you to install an ignition interlock device at your expense. Your car insurance rates will likely go up sharply as well.
In addition to the penalties above, if you are convicted of DUI, you will not be able to expunge it from your record. Having a DUI on your record may prevent you from getting certain jobs or maintaining custody of your children.