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Laurel Hill Criminal Defense Attorney

Florida law imposes significant penalties on people who are caught driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol (DUI).  Many people are under the mistaken impression that a first-time offense is not a serious matter and believe that simply pleading guilty and moving on is the best way to handle the issue. In reality, the consequences of even a first-time DUI offense in Florida can be significant and affect your life for years. As a result, it is highly advisable for anyone who has been accused of drunk driving in Florida to retain legal counsel as soon as possible.

The Consequences Of A Florida DUI Can Be Extremely Serious, Even For A First-Time Offense

There are a number of serious legal and administrative penalties that can occur after a DUI arrest, some of which are discussed below.

Administrative Penalties

The administrative suspension of a person’s driver’s license occurs as a separate matter from the criminal portion of a DUI case. When a person is arrested for DUI, he or she is issued a 10 day temporary driving permit by the arresting officer. If the administrative suspension is not challenged with the 10 day period, the individual’s driver’s license will be suspended for a period of six months, for a first offense.

Criminal Penalties

The criminal consequences of a Florida DUI can be extremely serious and often include the following:

  • License suspension
  • Vehicle impound
  • Fines
  • Community service
  • Incarceration

In addition to these penalties, a DUI conviction can involve significant collateral consequences as well, including the inability to get a job and significant damage to your reputation, as well as others.

Contact a Laurel Hill, Florida DUI defense attorney today to schedule a free consultation

Anyone who is facing a Florida DUI case should retain qualified legal counsel as soon as possible. There are many potential defenses that can be raised in a DUI case, and an experienced criminal defense attorney will be able to review the facts of your case and determine which, if any, may apply. Even if there is not a clear legal defense available in your case, the assistance of an attorney can often result in much more favorable plea arrangement offer than an unrepresented party would have been able to secure alone. To schedule a free consultation with board certified criminal trial law specialist Stephen G. Cobb, call our office today at 850-423-0035 or send us an email through our online contact form available here.

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“"Such a great service to go through when dealing with any legal matter! Mr. Cobb is very knowledgable and will take the time to understand and communicate with you in a timely manner."”

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“"Everything was great and smooth working with Mr. Cobb. He was fast and efficient and answered any questions I had."”

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“"It was as clean of a process as it could have been for me. He handled everything for me because I live out of state and made it so simple and easy. He was great and thorough and I hardly had to do anything."”

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“"This is actually one of the best law firms I've had the pleasure of dealing with. They stick with you throughout the entire process, walking you through every step and they know the law! They were able to help me get out of a situation that had occurred because of a technicality and was very knowledgeable in the process. I would recommend them to anyone."”

James S.

“"Such a great service to go through when dealing with any legal matter! Mr. Cobb is very knowledgable and will take the time to understand and communicate with you in a timely manner."”

Dreeana A.

“"Everything was great and smooth working with Mr. Cobb. He was fast and efficient and answered any questions I had."”

Joshua T.

“"I would recommend Attorney Cobb to others. I would describe him as an honest and straightforward lawyer. All my concerns were addressed."”

Crystal H.

“"He was excellent, he did everything without me having to do much especially not living close. I hired him and told him everything and he did it all and it was a great experience. The legal assistant that works there was also amazing."”

Joseph S.

“"It was as clean of a process as it could have been for me. He handled everything for me because I live out of state and made it so simple and easy. He was great and thorough and I hardly had to do anything."”

William S.

“"If you can hire Stephen as your attorney then definitely do that. He talked openly and gave me assurance and even his legal assistant that works there is amazing. I never had any problems or trouble with them."”

Lonnie M.

“"I have used other lawyers in the past. I was facing years but left court with probation and a suspended sentence. Thank you and god bless you."”

Jason

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