Have you been arrested and charged with the offense of drinking and driving? At Steven G. Casanova, P.A., we understand the ramifications and long-term repercussions of a criminal conviction. A DUI record is one that will affect your reputation and could even impact your livelihood, depending on your occupation. It is imperative for you to understand that with the right representation, you can fight these charges, and possibly attain the results that you need for your future. When you choose to work with us, your case will be handled by an attorney that has been working through these cases since 1999.
With more than 15 years of experience, we know what it takes to uncover the difficult aspects of a criminal charge. Cocoa, Florida is a densely populated city with many drivers on the roads throughout the day and night. Because of this, the prosecution may see drinking and driving as much more dangerous to others on the road. You need an aggressive and knowledgeable attorney on your side who can ensure that you are protected against false accusations, and that your rights are defended.
Penalties for Drinking and Driving
Florida has a BAC (blood alcohol content) limit of 0.08%, meaning that if you take a breath test that reads 0.08% or higher, you are considered legally intoxicated. The penalties for a conviction of a first offense could include jail time, fines, community service, probation, and others. If you are arrested for driving while intoxicated and your BAC reading was less than 0.08%, it is crucial to know that you could still be convicted of this offense, depending on the circumstances of your arrest. There are also a number of factors that, if present, will increase the severity of your charge and any penalties that ensue.
The following issues could increase your DUI charge to an aggravated DUI charge, and result in harsher penalties:
- Driving with a suspended license
- No current proof of insurance present
- You were involved in an accident
- Someone was injured or killed
- You were transporting a minor
- You have two prior DUI convictions within a certain number of years (3-12)
An aggravated DUI conviction will result in much harsher penalties. It is crucial that you are not unjustly convicted of a crime that you did not commit, and it is your right to have an attorney who knows how to navigate the legal system on your behalf.
Why You Should Call Steven G. Casanova, P.A.
The sooner we begin investigating your case and building a strong defense, the better chance you have of obtaining the results that you need in your case. There are many different defenses that can be used against a DUI charge, and we know how to effectively present these defenses. Because of our many years of experience in handling these situations, we are uniquely equipped to represent you in your case. Contact our office to discuss your situation and pursue the results that you need.