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Orange Park DUI Attorneys

Committed Criminal Defense

Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a mistake that is more common than some people may realize. It’s a mistake that can result in criminal penalties, in addition to affecting your professional and personal life. But it is not a mistake that you cannot come back from. The Orange Park DUI lawyers of Owenby Law, P.A. can help you recover from a DUI charge and get your life back on track.

Complete our contact form or call (904) 770-3141 for a free initial consultation with our legal team.

Is a DUI a Felony or a Misdemeanor?

First-time DUI offenses are usually charged as misdemeanors. However, in cases of subsequent offenses and aggravated DUI cases, a person who is arrested for drunk driving could be charged with a felony. Florida law specifies that a driver who commits their third DUI offense in 10 years or their fourth overall DUI offense will be charged with a felony.

The term “aggravated DUI” is used to describe any DUI case which involves factors that make the crime seem more serious than other cases. For example, a person may be charged with aggravated DUI if they had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) that was especially high, if a child was in the car, or if the DUI occurred in conjunction with other offenses, such as driving without a license. DUI cases that involve an accident are often considered as “aggravated” as well, especially when severe injuries or deaths result.

What are the Penalties of a DUI in Florida?

Every state has its own terms for DUI penalties, which define details like the length of potential jail time and the amount of fines. These terms are often dependent on how many prior DUI convictions a person has, and other factors in their case such as level of intoxication or resulting damage. The consequences for DUI in Florida range from up to six months in jail time and up to $1,000 in fines for a first offense, to up to five years in jail and up to $5,000 in fines for a felony offense.

A person who is convicted of driving under the influence in the state of Florida may face consequences such as:

  • Imprisonment
  • Fines
  • Suspended license
  • Revoked license
  • Ignition interlock device on their vehicle
  • Community service
  • DUI classes

Why Do I Need to Hire a DUI Lawyer?

If you were arrested for a DUI, you may be considering the advantages and disadvantages of hiring an attorney rather than a public defender. The criminal justice system is highly unpredictable. Whereas a public defender may have several other cases to handle at the same time as yours, our legal team can provide the attentive legal representation you need throughout the confusing processes of a DUI case. We are available 24/7 to answer your questions and provide advice.

Florida also has a “10-day rule,” which states that a person accused of driving under the influence has 10 days from the date of their arrest to schedule a hearing with the DMV. In a post-DUI arrest DMV hearing, it will be determined if you can keep your license. Our Orange Park DUI lawyer can provide guidance during this hearing and throughout your case.

Call 24/7 to Schedule a Free Initial Case Evaluation

At Owenby Law, P.A., our legal team is committed to providing quality representation to people accused of crimes. In addition to helping resolve your case, we pride ourselves on including our clients in the legal process and helping them understand their rights. Contact us today to speak with our attorneys.

Call (904) 770-3141 or use our message form to schedule a free initial consultation and discuss your case with our DUI lawyers in Orange Park.

The Benefits of Hiring Owenby Law, P.A.

  • Free Initial Consultations
  • Successfully Handled Thousands of Cases
  • Backed by Over 20 Years of Experience
  • Personalized, Results-Oriented Representation
  • A Team of Compassionate Advocates On Your Side
  • Flexible Payment Plans Available