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If you're arrested for DUI in St. Petersburg, the stakes are higher than ever before. The penalties for Driving Under the Influence (DUI) in Florida have increased significantly in the past few years due to revisions to Florida traffic laws. These charges and the penalties they carry can have long term effects on your future. Protect yourself from these consequences by contacting a St. Petersburg DUI lawyer.

If you are arrested and charged with DUI, there is no longer any doubt that the case will be aggressively prosecuted. If you are convicted, the penalties will be severe, so it's more important than ever to hire a DUI defense attorney. Our defense team has successfully handled many DUI cases and helped restore the futures and lives to our clients. We understand the approach of the prosecution making our DUI defense strong and difficult to beat. Trust our St. Petersburg DUI lawyers to fight for you.

Schedule a free consultation with our DUI lawyers in St. Petersburg today. We will work closely with you to build the strongest defense possible.

DUI Penalties in Florida

The state of Florida has notoriously extreme strict DUI penalties. There are three major factors that can affect the sentence issued if convicted. These factors include if driver's BAC was above .08, if the driver's BAC was above .15, and if a minor was in the vehicle at the time of your arrest. While there are several more factors that can affect the severity of the penalties associated with a DUI conviction, common penalties include:

First Offense DUI in Florida

  • Up to 6-months of jail time
  • Up to 1-year of probation
  • Up to $1,000 in fines
  • Minimum 50-hours of community service
  • License suspension for a minimum of 6-months
  • Mandatory 10-day vehicle impoundment

Second Offense DUI in Florida

  • Up to 9-months of jail time (minimum 10 days)
  • Up to 1-year of probation
  • Up to $2,000 in fines
  • License suspension for up to 5-years
  • Mandatory Ignition Interlock Device
  • Mandatory 10-day vehicle impoundment
  • Completion of DUI school

Third Offense DUI in Florida (within 10 years)

  • Felony charges
  • Up to 5-years of jail time (minimum 30 days)
  • Up to 5-years of probation
  • Up to $5,000 in fines
  • License suspension for up to 10-years
  • Mandatory Ignition Interlock Device
  • Mandatory 90-day vehicle impoundment
  • Completion of DUI school

To successfully defend your rights it's imperative that you contact a St. Petersburg DUI lawyer to discuss your options.

Breathalyzer Tests in Florida Are Not Always Accurate

Breath and other field sobriety tests are unreliable in DUI cases. One important piece of evidence the prosecutor will use against you in a DUI charge is the Breath Test. If you submitted to one and know the results, be aware that the reading could have been inaccurate for a number of reasons. Write down all the details you can remember about the night you were arrested for DUI. Even seemingly insignificant circumstances can play a major role in the outcome of your case.

Some factors that can affect the results of a field sobriety test

  • Low batteries in breathalyzers
  • The officer made an error when administering the test.
  • Chemical tests can detect alcohol from mouthwash and other sources of alcohol that don’t cause inebriation
  • Medical conditions such as GERD, heartburn, and acid reflux can create mouth alcohol that interferes with breath tests
  • Recent dental work can leave traces of alcohol in the mouth
  • Certain diets, such as the Atkins diet and diabetes diets, can trick breath tests
  • Breathalyzers can be affected by external factors like paint fumes and other chemicals

DUI Defense Attorneys in St. Petersburg, Florida

Even if failed a field sobriety test, the police have to prove that they had probable cause to pull you over in the first place. If you were driving carefully and under the speed limit but were still pulled over, there is a chance your case could be thrown out. The officer must have observed some behavior that led them to believe you were under the influence to pull you over for DUI. Additionally, they must have read you your Miranda Rights (“You have the right to remain silent, etc.) once they arrested you.

If you've been charged with a DUI in Florida, contact the St. Petersburg DUI attorneys today!

The DUI attorneys in St. Petersburg from The Fleming Law Group, P.A. are prepared to fight for your rights. Call (727) 202-4858 for a free consultation.

Why Choose Fleming Law Group?

  • 24/7 Accessibility

    There is always an attorney in the office and there is no time that we cannot be reached. We are always available via email or phone at
    any time.

  • Honest Guidance

    Our attorneys are not out for their best interest, but for yours. Our clients receive personalized care that is focused solely on them and their unique case.

  • Unique Backgrounds

    As former prosecutors, both Attorneys Fleming and Bettker have unique perspective in the courtroom and stay one step ahead of
    the opposition.

  • Decades of Experience

    Our attorneys have more than 40 decades of combined experience. Over the years, we have gained a renown in our field for our results and care for our clients.

“Mr. Fleming got me an incredible result for my case. I have worked with many other lawyers in the past and thought he represented me the best. He also stays in touch with me since my troubles to make sure everything is ok. He also has a great people working with him. They are always so nice to me when I call and I get return calls right away.”

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