Orlando 1st Offense DUI Attorney


In Florida, even a first DUI offense can have a lasting negative impact on your life if convicted. Your reputation and career may be affected forever; even family relationships can deteriorate. For many who work in transportation, healthcare, or security, you may feel as though the unthinkable has happened to you. Those with professional licenses that allow them to practice in their careers may find that driving under the influence even affects your license if convicted. No matter what your situation, we cannot stress enough the importance of obtaining skilled and capable legal counsel.

At Adams & Luka, our first priority is to protect our clients from both the criminal and administrative penalties of a conviction. We will vigorously challenge the evidence in your case, and work to have charges dismissed when possible so that you don't have to live the rest of your life with a criminal record. If you have been arrested or charged with driving under the influence, we urge you to contact us immediately for exceptional legal guidance and representation.

Defenses to a 1st Offense DUI Charge in Florida

There are several effective defense strategies that may be used by your defense lawyer, depending on the facts of your case. Challenging the evidence and exploring the evidence and documentation provided by prosecutors is key to a good outcome. Ultimately, we work to have charges dismissed before you go to trial by filing pre-trial motions regarding any illegal police conduct or other information that should not be used against you. Some of the areas we will explore in an effort to build an effective defense should your case go to trial include:

  • Whether the DUI arrest was legal
  • Whether the DUI stop was legal
  • Whether the questioning of police regarding alcohol consumption was legal
  • Whether you were properly advised of your rights
  • Whether breath tests were properly administered
  • Whether the request that you submit to a field sobriety test was legal
  • Whether proper procedures were followed by law enforcement if you refused the breath test

There are many ways to successfully defend against a 1st offense DUI. We will carefully analyze your case to determine if proper investigation procedures were followed, potential problems with test results, and whether your constitutional rights may have been violated.

Criminal Penalties for a 1st Offense DUI Conviction

Even a first-time offender will face serious criminal penalties if found guilty of driving under the influence in Orlando and Central Florida. It is also important to note that DUI pertains not only to alcohol, but illegal drugs or substances which may impair an individual's ability to safely operate a vehicle such as cocaine, methamphetamine, marijuana, or even prescription drugs such as oxycodone.

Criminal penalties include:

  • Fines of between $500 and $1,000
  • One year supervised probation
  • Up to six (6) months in jail
  • 10 day vehicle immobilization
  • Driver's license suspension for up to one year
  • Community service
  • Financial restitution if a victim sustains personal injury or property damage in a DUI accident
  • Successful completion of a DUI program and victim awareness program

In addition, if you are a first-time offender and your blood alcohol level was .15 or higher, penalties will be enhanced.

Contact Adams & Luka Today

While a 1st offense DUI is not as serious as a second or subsequent offense, it is still a situation that can negatively impact many aspects of your life and steal your freedom, leaving you with a criminal record for life. At Adams & Luka, our first offense DUI defense lawyers have successfully defended many clients against charges. We work diligently to secure positive results and minimize the damage. Contact us now for vigorous representation and a free consultation at (407) 872-0307 or (352) 787-2101.

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