What is a Stuart Florida DUI?
In Stuart Florida DUI is across the board one of the most heavily enforced and prosecuted laws. A Stuart Florida DUI is Driving Under the Influence of Drugs or Alcohol. You can get a Stuart Florida DUI, even if you are not driving, as long as you are in actual physical control of a motor vehicle. Actual Physical Control could even include sleeping in a vehicle with the engine on or the keys in the ignition. The State Attorney’s Office and the local Martin County judges take Stuart Florida DUI very seriously.
Get an Experienced Stuart Florida DUI Lawyer
It is important to hire a competent and experienced trial lawyer if you feel that you are Not Guilty of a Stuart Florida DUI, because it is very rare that a Stuart Florida DUI case gets dropped or dismissed completely. Sometimes the State will agree to reduce the charge to a reckless drving charge or a wet reckless. Speak with your lawyer with regard to the consequences for a reckless driving as they are often not much different that the mandatory minimum sentence for a Stuart FLorida DUI.
Penalties for a Stuart Florida DUI
A first Stuart Florida DUI requires a mandatory sentence that includes probation, DUI School, the Victim Impact Panel, 5o hours of community service, a 10 day vehicle impound and a 6 month driver’s license suspension. A second Stuart Florida DUI requires most of the same penalties, however if that second Stuart Florida DUI is within 5 years of the first, 10 days in jail is required. Here in Stuart, Martin County, St. Lucie County and Okechobbee County, the judges usually require even more than 10 days in jail for a second DUI within 5 years. The penalties are even higher if the DUI is accompanied by a charge of driving with a suspended license. A 3rd DUI within 10 years of the last DUI can be charged as a felony with a maximum sentence of 5 years. A 3rd DUI within 10 years also includes a 10 year drivers license suspension. A Fourth DUI requires a lifetime revocation of your driver’s license. Besides the DUI Criminal Case, the DUI arrest also spurs an Administrative case with the DMV. If you have been arrested for a DUI, get a lawyer. If you have been arrested for a DUI in St. Lucie County or Martin County or Indian River County or Palm Beach County, contact the Ferraro Law Group. We have tried many DUI cases and we are prepared to let our experience work for you.