DWI & DUI Lawyers

Dui & DWI Lawyers in Pompano Beach

According to Florida DMV records, in 2017, there were 43,899 DUI Violation Tickets and 24,334 DUI convictions. Each year, the number of DUI and DWI convictions affects thousands of motorists, pedestrians, and families in South Florida. The Office for Victims of Crimes estimates that at least one in every three Americans will be involved in an alcohol-related accident at some point in their lifetime.

Driving while under the influence of recreational drugs, alcohol, over-the-counter medications, and prescription medications can result in a DUI/DWI arrest and raise the possibility of a conviction. At LJ Law Group, our attorneys will be by your side to help you achieve the best possible outcome if you or someone you know is ever involved in a DUI/DWI accident.

DUI/DWI in Pompano Beach

Florida has the “Implied Consent Law,” which means you are required to comply if you are ever pulled over, and an officer asks you to take a blood, urine, or breath test to see if you are driving under the influence. When you sign your driver’s license, you immediately agree to take these tests if ever requested.

Florida also has a Zero Tolerance law for drivers under 21, which means that any driver under 21 with a blood alcohol level of .02 or higher, will automatically face consequences. For drivers over 21, the Florida blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limit is .08.

Driving Under the Influence Accidents

Driving under the influence and being involved in an accident are a serious matter. Drunk driving accidents can result in life-changing injuries and in some cases even death. Common injuries that arise from DUI accidents include:

  • Head or traumatic brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Musculoskeletal injuries
  • Broken bones
  • Paralysis
  • Loss of limbs
  • Burns and lacerations
  • Disfigurement and scarring
  • Permanent disability
  • Wrongful death

In a DUI/DWI accident, there are many people involved. If you are injured in a drunk driving accident, there may be multiple claims you have to file; it is important to understand who is liable in this case. While most people believe the drunk driver is responsible, in some circumstances, shop liability where the individual bought or consumed alcohol may apply. Also, what happens when your sustained injuries exceed the Personal Injury Protection (PIP) insurance? For these reasons, working with an experienced attorney can help you navigate the process of filing a DUI/DWI claim against a drunk driver.

While most DUI/DWI charges involve driving, in Florida, it is possible to get a DUI without actually moving your vehicle. Florida law makes it illegal to operate or be in physical control of a car in a state of impairment.

DUI Charges vs. DWI Charges

Depending on state law, these terms can be used to describe either impaired or drunk driving. In the state of Florida, DUI stands for driving under the influence and DWI for driving while intoxicated. While both terms may refer to similar things, they are still some differentiators.

A common misconception is that people can only be arrested for a DUI/DWI if they are under the influence of alcohol. But in Florida, you can be arrested if there is evidence of alcohol or drugs in your system, including some controlled substances such as:

  • Marijuana
  • Cocaine
  • Alprazolam
  • Xanax
  • Valium
  • Hydrocodone

In addition, some medications that could potentially impair your judgment but are not classified as controlled substances, such as Ambien and over-the-counter sleep aids, can also result in a DUI/DWI arrest.

Arrested for DUI?

Fight for Your Rights

If you have been charged with DUI, not only will you be facing the criminal charges of driving under the influence, but you will also be subject to other consequences that can significantly impact your life, including difficulty finding or maintaining employment, obtaining auto insurance, renting or purchasing a house, and more. The consequences of a DUI charge can give significant consequences including license suspension, hefty fines, probation period, and required drug and alcohol abuse treatment classes.

Even refusing to take a breathalyzer test can result on the suspension of your Florida’s driver license. In the state of Florida, refusing to take a test after being arrested for a DUI is considered a misdemeanor if you have had your license suspended in the past for refusing to take the test.

Florida Penalties for DUI Convictions

Under the Florida Statute 316.193, DUI convictions continue to increase with repeated convictions. As with any other charges, the penalties will depend on some factors and are often assessed by a court.

  • 1st Conviction:

    • Fine for no less than $500 or more than $1,000.
    • If BAC was .15 or higher, or if a minor was in the vehicle at the time of the arrest, a fine no less than $1,000 or more than $2,000.
    • Driver’s license revocation for a minimum of 180 days to one year, without bodily injury; and a minimum of three years with bodily harm.
  • 2nd Conviction:

    • Fine for no less than $1,000 or more than $2,000.
    • If BAC was .15 or higher, or if a minor was in the vehicle at the time of the arrest, a fine no less than $2,000 or more than $4,000.
    • Driver’s license revocation for a minimum of 5 years, without bodily injury.
  • 3rd Conviction (within 10 years from the second offense):

    • Fine for no less than $2,000 or more than $5,000.
    • If BAC was .15 or higher, or if a minor was in the vehicle at the time of the arrest, a fine no less than $4,000
    • Driver’s license revocation for a minimum of 10 years, without bodily injury.
  • 3rd Conviction (more than 10 years from the second offense):

    • Fine for no less than $2,000 or more than $5,000.
    • If BAC was .15 or higher, or if a minor was in the vehicle at the time of the arrest, a fine no less than $4,000
  • 4th or More Convictions:

    • Fine for no less than $2,000.
    • If BAC was .15 or higher, or if a minor was in the vehicle at the time of the arrest, a fine no less than $4,000
    • Driver’s license mandatory permanent revocation.

However, driving under the influence can also result in a car accident that might lead to severe injuries and in some cases even death.

Any person who causes personal injury or property damage to another while driving under the influence is guilty of a first-degree misdemeanor in Florida, which is penalized by no more than a $1,000 fine or one-year imprisonment. However, if the person driving under the influence causes serious bodily injury to another one, the penalty is for committing a third-degree felony, which corresponds to a fine no more than $1,000 and five-years imprisonment. In the case of manslaughter and vehicular homicide, the consequences are greater:

  • DUI Manslaughter: Considered a second-degree felony, penalized with a fine up to $10,000 and/or 15 years of imprisonment.
  • DUI Manslaughter Leaving the Scene: Considered a first-degree felony, penalized with a fine of up to $10,000 and/or 30 years of imprisonment.
  • Vehicular Homicide: Considered a second-degree felony, and penalized with a fine up to $10,000 and/or 15 years imprisonment.
  • Vehicular Homicide Leaving the Scene: Considered a first-degree felony, penalized with a fine of up to $10,000 and/or 30 years of imprisonment.

Build Your Legal Defense Team

A DUI/DWI charge in Florida can negatively damage your reputation, your lifestyle, and impact your family. Building a defense team with experience handling drug crime charges is imperative to fight for your rights and help you achieve the best possible outcome.

Working with a Criminal Defense Attorney in South Florida

If you or someone you know is facing DUI/DWI charges and the risk of being arrested for DUI, don’t wait and contact the attorneys at LJ Law Group Alternatively, if you or someone you know has fallen a victim of a driver under the influence, contact us at 954-597-6770 or contact us online for a free case evaluation that is convenient and confidential. When your reputation, your freedom, and your rights are a stake, please don’t wait any longer and reach out to one of our experienced attorneys today. We will aggressively and tirelessly fight for you to help you reclaim your rights.