Driving Under the Influence


Drunk driving is a general term often used to describe the act of driving under the influence of alcohol. This is a serious crime in Florida, and a conviction may result in different number of penalties, ranging from imprisonment to fines or community service. A driver arrested for drunk driving in Florida will also face the suspension or revocation of his or her driver's license. 

Prescription drugs can lead to a DUI arrest.  Many prescription drugs are considered to be controlled substances.  In the state of Florida you may be convicted for a DUI for driving while under the influence of such controlled substances even though they were legally prescribed by a doctor.  The police have specially trained officers called Drug Recognition Experts commonly referred to as DRE officers who may be involved in the arrest.

What should you do if you or someone you know has been arrested for or charged with drunk driving in the Polk County area? It is important that you exercise your right to legal counsel by contacting a Polk County DUI lawyer as soon as possible. With Attorney Echemendia at your side, you have the invaluable opportunity of avoiding not only a conviction on your criminal record but the loss of your license as well. A Attorney echemendia can represent you at your DHSMV Hearing and in criminal court in order to fully protect your rights and your driving privileges.
Drunk Driving Arrests and Charges
With the continued pressure of MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) and similar organizations that actively work to fight drunk driving throughout the U.S., the penalties for this offense have increased through the years. Florida's DUI statutes are no different. If convicted, a driver may face a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment, as well as heavy fines and court fees, drug/alcohol rehabilitation or treatment, probation, and possibly victim restitution if another person was injured in an accident caused by the drunk driver.
Administrative License Suspension Hearings
In Florida, a driver who fails or refuses a breath test or blood test after a drunk driving arrest will face the automatic suspension of his or her driver's license. If the breath or blood test shows a blood alcohol concentration of .08% or greater, or if the driver refuses the test altogether this may be grounds for the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) to suspend the driver's license. However, the driver must have been lawfully arrested.
If you were arrested for DUI in Polk County and were served a Notice of Suspension of your driver's license, you will have 10 days to contact the Florida DHSMV to request an administrative hearing.
Your DHSMV hearing will be your only opportunity of avoiding license suspension and revocation, so it is important to act quickly to request your hearing.
Attorney Echemendia, can schedule your DHSMV hearing for you and can represent you at your hearing in order to offer you the best opportunity of keeping your license.
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