On average, five people are arrested for a driving under the influence (DUI) in Broward County every day. Law enforcement detained over 1,900 people in the County on DUI charges in 2015, making it a common offense. While the risks associated with DUI have been widely publicized, Florida drivers continue to find themselves facing DUI charges. The causes for this are as varied and unique as the people of the state themselves.
Many times, good people simply make mistakes—they did not realize they were just above the legal limit for blood alcohol level, or they did not have another ride, or any number of other reasons put them behind the wheel.
Regardless of what led to the DUI charge, for those who are now facing the consequences, it can be a stressful and uncertain time. You probably have many questions running through your mind. Check out our DUI FAQ questions for answers.
DUI convictions in Florida can carry severe penalties, and the effects can be felt in your personal, professional, and financial life. For these times, the good people of South Florida need a DUI lawyer they can rely on. At Rossen Law Firm, Adam Rossen provides personalized service and aggressive representation to help minimize the negative consequences of a DUI charge. A former prosecutor, Adam has unique insight into the legal system and a wide range of experience to help clients anticipate their legal issues and address them effectively.
Not only does Adam offer his distinctive background, but he is also the most reviewed attorney in Broward County. So many former clients have shared their stories about how the dedication, attention, and determination of Rossen Law Firm helped them move forward with their lives after a DUI charge. Take a moment to fill out our online contact form, and find out for yourself what truly sets our legal team apart.
What Is Driving Under the Influence in Florida?
In Florida, and across the country, a driver is considered impaired when his or her blood alcohol content (BAC) level is .08 percent or higher. Although, it is possible to be charged with a DUI even at a lower BAC if a person is significantly impaired. Law enforcement determines a person’s level of impairment through a number of tests, including:
- Field sobriety
- Blood test
- Urine test
Once a person is arrested on DUI charges in Florida, legal action is fairly quick. First, a driver must address his case with the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. The state will immediately suspend your driver’s license for 10 days upon failing or refusing a test. You then have only those 10 days to challenge the suspension. For both residents and non-residents of the state, it is necessary to appeal the suspension with the DMV in order to retain driving privileges. Left unchecked, drivers can expect to see their license suspended anywhere from 6 to 18 months or more.
Next, drivers must address the legal aspect of the DUI charge. Florida imposes harsh penalties on those convicted of impaired driving, even first-time offenders. The consequences can include:
- Loss of licensure
- Jail time
- Vehicle impoundment
- Ignition interlock installation
- Mandatory DUI classes
In addition to the legal consequences, a DUI can negatively impact other aspects of your life, as well. A conviction can cause personal embarrassment, difficulty finding or maintaining employment, financial hardship, have consequences on your professional license, and more.
Our Experienced DUI Attorney Can Help Florida Residents and Non-Residents
Adam Rossen understands that bad things sometimes happen to good people. That is why he is here to help those facing DUI charges in Fort Lauderdale, Broward County and all South Florida. Right from the start, Adam offers information and solutions. When you meet for your free strategy session, Adam takes the time to make sure you fully understand all your rights so you can decide together how to best move forward to meet your goals. His dedication to service and aggressive representation have helped many clients just like you. Take a moment to see what those clients have to say about their experiences with Adam, and then call our office to speak to Adam and find out for yourself. A DUI charge does not have to ruin your life. Let Adam and his legal team help you fight your Florida DUI charge and protect your future.