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Melbourne DUI Defense Lawyer

Helping Drivers Fight DUI Charges Across Brevard County

At Steven G. Casanova, P.A., we know what is at stake after an arrest for driving under the influence (DUI). As such, we work to the fullest extent of our professional and ethical abilities to secure a satisfactory outcome for each client. The law can be unforgiving, and the legal system can often feel impersonal and isolating. We can protect your rights during this time so you can move on after a run-in with the law. We know exactly what is needed to create a compelling, creative, and effective defense strategy. No matter how complex your case may be, know that you have protection under the law. No amount of evidence can take away your right to have an experienced criminal defense lawyer who understands the unique challenges of a DUI charge at your side.

 

What penalties could I be facing?

As in many states, Florida prosecutors are determined to penalize convicted DUI offenders harshly to eradicate unwanted behaviors that pose a risk to the public. While law enforcement may be doing their best to keep the roads safe, many individuals have been wrongfully arrested or penalized unfairly. Understanding the specific penalties and consequences of a DUI conviction in Florida is essential for anyone facing such charges.

Immediate Consequences

  • Arrest and booking: After a DUI arrest, you will be taken into custody, booked, and may spend time in jail before being released on bail.
  • Administrative suspension: Regardless of the outcome of your criminal case, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) may impose an administrative suspension on your driver's license.

Legal Penalties

First offense: A first-time DUI conviction carries several penalties that can significantly impact your life. These include:

  • Fines: First-time fines can range from $500 to $1,000. If your Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) is over 0.15% or if a minor is in the vehicle, fines can increase to between $1,000 and $2,000.
  • Imprisonment: From 6 months up to 9 months if the BAC is over 0.15% or if a minor is in the vehicle
  • License suspension: Minimum of 180 days and up to 1 year
  • Probation: Up to 1 year with mandatory DUI school and community service requirements
  • Vehicle impoundment: Mandatory 10-day vehicle impoundment

Second offense: A second DUI offense brings harsher consequences, especially if it occurs within five years of the first. The penalties include: 

  • Fines: Ranging from $1,000 to $2,000. For BAC over 0.15% or if a minor is in the vehicle, fines can reach $2,000 to $4,000
  • Imprisonment: Up to 9 months. If within five years of the first offense, a minimum of 10 days in jail with at least 48 hours of consecutive confinement
  • License suspension: Minimum of 5 years if within five years of the first offense (hardship reinstatement possible after one year)
  • Probation and DUI school: Mandatory continued education and potential treatment programs
  • Vehicle impoundment: 30 days for a second offense within five years

Third offense: A third DUI offense within 10 years brings severe penalties, reflecting the seriousness of repeated offenses. These include:

  • Fines: Between $2,000 and $5,000. With BAC over 0.15% or if a minor is in the vehicle, no less than $4,000
  • Imprisonment: Up to 12 months. If within 10 years of prior convictions, imprisonment of no less than 30 days with at least 48 hours of consecutive confinement
  • License suspension: Minimum of 10 years (hardship reinstatement possible after two years)
  • Vehicle impoundment: 90 days if within 10 years of the previous offenses

Fourth or subsequent offense: Multiple DUI offenses result in the most severe penalties possible. They include:

  • Fines: No less than $2,000
  • Imprisonment: Up to 5 years as a habitual/violent offender
  • Permanent license revocation: No eligibility for hardship reinstatement

 

Long-Term Consequences

Beyond immediate legal repercussions, DUI convictions can have enduring effects on various aspects of your life:

  • Criminal record: A DUI conviction remains on your criminal record permanently, potentially affecting employment opportunities, housing, and more
  • Increased insurance rates: Expect significantly higher auto insurance premiums.
  • Financial burden: Costs associated with fines, legal fees, DUI school, substance abuse courses, and potential loss of income
  • Impact on personal life: Strained personal relationships and community stigma

If we are able to determine that a sobriety test yielded inaccurate results, or if an officer violated a search and seizure regulation, we can file a motion to suppress evidence against you. Our tireless approach to defending the accused has helped our clients secure favorable outcomes where other attorneys have failed.

 

Call Our Melbourne DUI Defense Lawyer After an Arrest

Without the right representation on your side, a DUI conviction can be a very real possibility. Even if you failed or rejected a sobriety test, do not assume that you will be convicted of DUI. Attorney Casanova is a certified breath test maintenance technician and a certified Intoxilyzer 5000 operator. He knows how to challenge any evidence that has been gathered against you, review police reports, and refute evidence presented by the prosecution.

Call our Melbourne DUI defense lawyer at (321) 234-9006 today for a free case consultation.

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    I would highly recommend Mr. Casanova to anyone seeking legal counsel. Mr. Casanova was very kind and explained all the options available to me & specific to my case. Not only is he (in my opinion) the best criminal lawyer in all of Brevard county...he is also the most fairly priced. I am thankful for his help & the time he spent with me free of charge. Unfortunately I could not hire him due to conflict of interest...however he was very helpful in recommending the lawyer I did hire. I can't speak highly enough of Mr. Casanova!!
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    "In his years of practice as a defense attorney Mr. Casanova has prospered a professional relationship with judges and prosecutors alike."
    I have had the pleasure of knowing Attorney Steven Casanova professionally and personally for over 15 years. In my opinion, there is no other attorney in Brevard County who's dedication to clients, understanding and application of criminal law can match Mr. Casanova. Mr. Casanova has never failed to return my calls, even on weekends or on holidays. Within minutes he will develop a comprehensive agenda with sound advice and always follows through and follows up on all aspects of your case. Mr. Casanova's reputation in the legal court system is impeccable. In his years of practice as a defense attorney Mr. Casanova has prospered a professional relationship with judges and prosecutors alike. Mr. Casanova will ensure the best outcome possible for your defense, it's as simple as that. Discount lawyers get you discount results, Mr. Casanova is not a discount lawyer but a professional defense attorney who fights for your reputation as if it is his own. If you are in need of a dedicated, professional, and knowledgeable defense attorney, do yourself a favor, call Steven Casanova.
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    "He is also very personable and makes himself available whenever you want information or advice."
    If you are ever unfortunate enough to get a DUI, I hope you are fortunate enough to get Mr. Casanova to represent you. Steve has a wealth of experience with DUI cases and was able to get a last minute agreement to eliminate one of the penalties in exchange for a charitable donation. He is also very personable and makes himself available whenever you want information or advice.
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    Mr. Cassanova took my call immediately and spoke to me about my legal situation. He was extremely helpful and even provided advice to me that possibly I may qualify for a public defender. Out of the three criminal attorneys I spoke to in my town, I know that Mr. Cassanova is genuine, emphathetic and truly cares about the people he's serving. Thank you for your time today - I appreciate you. I will be in touch.
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