Facing a DUI with Property Damages and Charges?
- May 19, 2021 3:22 pm
- Written by admingl
- Categories: Arrested | Crimes | Drinking & Driving | DUI | Fines | Florida Laws | Legal Advice | Misdemeanor | Practice Areas
According to Florida law, a DUI that involves property damage, not resulting in any serous injuries, is considered a first-degree misdemeanor. This type of crime, if convicted, carries a maximum penalty of up to 12 months in jail and a maximum fine not to exceed $1000.
Facing a DUI of any kind is a serious matter. In Florida, prosecutors aggressively pursue these cases to the fullest extent of the law.
Property Damage DUI Cases In Florida
Under Florida statutes, a DUI with ‘enhanced’ penalties for property damaged caused requires proof beyond a reasonable doubt for the following:
A. The defendant was driving or operating a vehicle, or was in physical control of a vehicle.
B. The defendant contributed to or directly caused damage to another person’s property; and
C. The defendant was under the influence of alcohol, a controlled substance, or any chemical substance to the degree that their normal faculties were impaired
D. The defendant had a BAC (blood alcohol concentration) of 0.08 grams or higher of alcohol per 100 milliters of blood at the time of operating the vehicle; or had a breath alcohol level greater than 0.08 grams/210 liters of breath at the time of driving.
Quality Representation and a Strong Case
The first step is to hire an experienced DUI lawyer familiar with Florida laws, rules and processes. Germain Legal is committed to fighting aggressively against such charges, utilizing a range of tactics and time-tested defense strategies to get charges reduced, dropped, or to win a favorable plea bargain.