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Pensacola DUI Lawyer

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Throughout his career, Brandon Morris has defended hundreds of DUI cases and continues to zealously defend his clients accused of committing this crime. Brandon has consistently helped his clients seek favorable results through jury trials, plea negotiations for a lesser sentence, and outright dismissals.

At the Morris Firm, we are dedicated to serving you and will go the extra mile to ensure that your needs are met in our legal strategies. We tailor our services to your unique situation and work tirelessly to help you seek a positive outcome.

Contact our DUI attorney in Pensacola, Brandon Morris by calling (850) 583-9112.

Important Facts about DUI Charges in Pensacola

Drunk driving under the influence (DUI) is a serious offense in Florida. The Morris Firm has extensive experience handling DUI cases and trials. We can aggressively investigate the reasons behind your traffic stop and review the accuracy of the equipment used in obtaining physical evidence.

From there, our Pensacola DUI attorney can do the following to determine if proper policies were followed:

  • Challenge the findings
  • Examine police reports
  • Question witnesses

A DUI conviction can result in high fines, increased or canceled insurance premiums, revocation or suspension of your driver’s license, and possible incarceration. If you are accused of causing an accident or injury as a result of a DUI or if you have been previously adjudicated guilty of DUI or BUI, you may face even greater penalties.

Under Florida's DUI laws, your driver license will be automatically suspended for 10 days after the date of your arrest unless an administrative hearing is requested. That is why it is imperative that you contact the Morris Firm as soon as possible. In the event an administrative hearing is not requested within 10 days, you still might qualify for a “business purposes only” permit if your license has not been previously suspended for DUI or refusal to submit to testing.

The Possible Consequences of a DUI in Florida

The consequences if you are found guilty of DUI can severely impact your life. Understanding the potential penalties makes fighting your case an easy decision.

If you do not fight your DUI, you may face these penalties at a minimum:

  • Loss of driver license
  • 12 months of probation, which costs at least $50 per month
  • Substantial fines
  • Increased insurance premiums
  • Adjudication of guilt, which means a permanent criminal record

DUI penalties change frequently and the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles will impose administrative penalties in addition to the criminal penalties imposed by the court.

Florida DUI Penalty Chart

Read our DUI penalty chart to better understand the potential consequences of a being found guilty. The chart addresses the following DUI offenses:

  • First Offense DUI
  • Second Offense DUI
  • DUI with Property Damage
  • Third DUI
  • Fourth DUI - Misdemeanor
  • Fourth DUI - Felony

Implied Consent in Florida

In the state of Florida, the law states that all drivers are lawfully required to consent to a chemical test (blood, breath, or urine) in order to determine their BAC. If the BAC tests are refused, Florida imposes a 1-year license revocation. This refusal can also be used during trial to prove the DUI case.

Florida Underage DUI

Under the age of 21, drivers are required by law to have a BAC less than 0.02%. If this law is violated, it will result in license suspension for 6 months or 1 year for a second offense. If the BAC is 0.05% or more, a DUI education program will be required prior to the reinstatement of a license. Additionally, if any tests to determine BAC are refused there will be a 1-year driving suspension.

BUI vs. DUI

There are many differences between driving under the influence laws and boating under the influence (BUI) laws. First, law enforcement does not necessarily need reasonable suspicion of criminal activity to stop your vessel but they are not permitted to board a vessel unless the owner or operator consents, with some exceptions. For example, if consent is not provided and the operator either refuses or is unable to display the safety equipment required by law upon request, an officer may board the vessel to check for the equipment. Additionally, if your vessel has permanently installed sanitation equipment that is not visible for inspection, an officer may board to inspect it. Officers may also board your vessel if he or she believes there is probable cause that a violation of the vessel safety laws has or is currently occurring. It is important to know that if your boat is boarded for either of the first two reasons, the officer’s search of the vessel cannot exceed the scope of the area or things to be inspected.

Unlike the charge of DUI, a BUI conviction will not result in a driver license suspension or revocation – though it could result in high fines and possible incarceration. If you are accused of causing an accident or injury as a result of a BUI, or if you have been previously adjudicated guilty of DUI or BUI, you may face enhanced penalties.

If convicted of BUI first offense, at a minimum you will be sentenced to:

  • Monthly reporting probation
  • Mandatory attendance in a substance abuse course
  • A fine of up to $1,000
  • At least 50 hours of community service
  • Impoundment or immobilization of the vessel for 10 days

Give us a call at (850) 583-9112. Our Pensacola DUI lawyer looks forward to hearing your story and serving you.

What Our Former Clients Are Saying

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