Defending Your License From DUI Charges
Driving under the influence (DUI) is one of the most common criminal offenses in our judicial system. Even the most cautious of people can suffer the ramifications of a momentary misjudgment.
At the Finkelstein Firm, P.A., in Clearwater, I understand the process that follows a DUI citation and arrest. My name is Jenna Finkelstein, and I am dedicated to guiding you or your loved one through this high-stress time in your lives.
What Qualifies As A Misdemeanor Charge?
A driver can be charged for driving under the influence when, according to Florida Statue 316.193, the person is driving or is in actual physical control of a vehicle within this state when their normal faculties are impaired and/or they have a blood alcohol level of .08% or higher. This applies whether the impairment is due to alcohol, illicit street drugs or controlled substances.
A DUI charge without any “aggravating factors,” such as serious bodily injury or death to another person, is often classified as a misdemeanor. There are many forms of misdemeanor charges, including:
- DUI with property damage: A first-degree misdemeanor in which a person who is under the influence causes damage to property or another individual.
- Boating under the influence (BUI): As highlighted in Florida Statute 327.35, a person is guilty of BUI if they were operating a boat while under the influence of alcoholic beverages, illegal substances or controlled substances and their normal faculties are impaired and/or they have a blood alcohol level of .08% or higher.
Understanding the rights that a driver has in these cases can help you make the right decisions during your traffic stop.
The Cost Of Refusing A Roadside Test
Many people wonder what will happen if they refuse a breath test or field sobriety test. This is considered a refusal to submit to testing. When you are issued a driver’s license in the state of Florida, you are automatically agreeing to submit to testing in the event that you are suspected of operating or controlling a motor vehicle while impaired. Prosecutors will often use this information as an attempt to sway a jury and secure your conviction. A refusal will result in an automatic suspension of your driving privileges.
Let Me Navigate The Challenges Of Your Case
I understand that facing a criminal charge can be frightening and overwhelming. Because of the potential consequences associated with the crime of DUI, it is imperative that you speak with an experienced defense attorney right away. I have years of experience defending citizens charged with DUI. I have the knowledge and skills to fight for the best results possible in your case. I am a lawyer who is accessible and dependable when you need me the most.
Contact me at 727-202-4418 or email my firm to schedule a free analysis of your case at my local office, located in Clearwater. I handle cases in Pinellas County and the surrounding areas, including Hillsborough, Manatee, Sarasota, Pasco and Polk counties. It is crucial to learn your legal options if you have been accused of DUI. Let me start working for you today.