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About Us

Hutchison & Tubiana, P.L.L.C. has significant experience in representing individuals who have been charged with DUI offenses.

We also have a proven track of securing the innocence of their clients by employing effective and creative defense strategies that have resulted in countless dismissal of charges prior to trial as well as many defense verdicts after jury and judge trials.

We will stop at nothing to help you secure the most favorable outcome possible. When your driving privileges and future have been put at stake, do not wait to act.

What To Expect

Lose Your License

Depending on your case you can lose your license anywhere from 180 days to a year. You may also experience fees in order to reinstate your license. These charges can vary depending on if your license was revoked or suspended. You will be required to maintain a FR-44 for 3 years and if allowed to have a restricted drivers license, an ignition interlock device.

Criminal Record

There are two outcomes of being convicted for a DUI charge. The first is administrative, with consequences of having your license suspended. The second, is under criminal law and results in fines, parole, and sentencing. The conviction goes on your criminal record, but depending on your case there are possibilities of getting it expunged.

Civil Penalities

If this is your first DUI charge in Florida, it will be considered a misdemeanor offense. You will be penalized with fines, community service, license suspension, and possible probation. Remember these penalties can range, depending on your charge.

Fines Up To $25,000

The cost of a DUI depends on your own personal case. Some fines you may be required to pay are court fines, attorney fees, DUI classes, and Ignition Interlock device fees.

Jail Time

The counts of your DUI will determine the amount of jail time that can be given: First time convictions: 6 months Second time convictions: 9 months Third time convictions: 12 months.

Community Service

Community service is required for first time offenses. If this is your first DUI offense, you will be required to perform 50 hours of community service. Again, depending on the circumstances, this can vary.

How Bad Can It Get?

The amount of times you have been tried with DUI can affect your ultimate outcome. Below are some of the things you can expect depending on your situation.

First Offense
  • A conviction for a first-time DUI offense in the state of Florida:
  • Could cost you as much as $1,000
  • Up to six months in jail
  • Possibility of losing your driver’s licenses for up to six months
  • Fifty hours of community service
  • DUI School

Second Offense
  • The consequences of a second-offense DUI typically include:
  • Fines
  • License suspension
  • Vehicle impoundment and having to install an ignition interlock device (IID).
  • There’s also mandatory jail time for motorists who are convicted of a second DUI in five years.

Third Offense
  • A third-offense DUI typically carries penalties including:
  • Fines
  • License Suspension
  • Vehicle Impoundment and having to install an Ignition interlock device (IID)
  • If a drivers third DUI comes within ten years of one of the prior two DUIs, there is mandatory jail time
  • If driver had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .15% or more, was involved in an accident with property damage or someone being injured, or had a passenger who was under 18 years old penalties can worsen.

Fourth Offense
  • The fourth-offense DUI is considered felonies of the third degree:
  • It is automatically considered a felony regardless of the amount of time between the third and fourth violations.
  • There is no enhanced version of a fourth DUI offense, and there is no window of time that separates harsher or lesser penalties.
  • Heavy fines that are greater than $2,000
  • Imprisonment
  • License Revocation
  • Probation
  • Vehicle Impoundment
  • DUI School

The Law Offices of Hutchison and Tubiana

Let the Professionals at Hutchison and Tubiana put their 35+ years of experience in the Florida Keys to secure the best possible outcome under challenging circumstances.

Types of DUI

Breath & Blood Tests
With your consent, a blood, breathe, or urine test can be provided to determine your blood alcohol or drug content level. Refusing to take a test can result in further penalties.

A BUI is when you get a DUI, but on the water (with a boat). Similar to a DUI, a BUI can result in fines and jail time. Also, you could have your boat impounded and if fines aren’t paid you could lose your license.
DUI with Drugs
Here is a list of drugs that rules under Florida’s controlled substances: Marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin, and painkillers.

Felony DUI
A Felony DUI in Florida can be caused by a defendant being convicted of a fourth DUI, a third DUI within 10 years, or causing serious injury or death to someone while driving under the influence.
Under 21 DUI
If you are under the legal drinking age and get convicted of a DUI in Florida, the penalties for a first offense is 6 months license suspension, alcohol education courses, community service, and fines.
Out-of-State DUI
If you get a DUI and do not live in Florida, you may be at risk of losing your driving privileges in both Florida and your home state. Our attorneys can help protect your driving rights, but you should act fast.

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Florida Keys DUI Arrest and Driver’s License Suspension
Published 3/22/2018 in Hutchison and Tubiana
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