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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.

Client Reviews

I would like thank my attorney Thomas Luka. I knew from the beginning I had the right guy in my corner. While celebrating with family and friends at a Public Park in Seminole County, a fight broke out among various people. Myself, and a good friend, broke up the fight and the instigators left. Six months later, I was wrongly accused as the person who started the fight. The first attorney I hired could not even get a response from the State Attorney handling the case. Someone referred me to Tom and I felt comfortable at his demeanor and reactions.

After conversations with Tom, who knew I would settle for nothing less than a FULL DISMISSAL due to my innocence, I hired him. His firm of Adams and Luka did the due diligence by interviewing witnesses and the police who were on the scene, as well as starting a dialogue with the State Attorney. After gathering statements from witnesses, Tom was able to present a strong argument on my behalf to the State Attorney on why the case should be dismissed. If the State Attorney was not willing to dismiss the case, Tom was ready to take the case to trial.

The result by Thomas Luka: Case Dismissed.

I am 53 years old with a spotless record and glad to keep it that way thanks to the time, effort, hard work, and professionalism of the Adams and Luka and Tom Luka.

Earl from Mesquite
Thomas Luka left a life-long great impression of lawyers. He was always professional, on time, and answered things honestly. From the start and during the 14 months it went on - Tom was very upfront and honest with me about the possible outcomes. The result was better than I had hoped for. Tom really over-delivered. HIGHLY RECOMMEND. Marcela Giorgi
Adams and Luka were very professional and savvy in the courtroom. When you're in court with Mr. Luka you will think you have the best attorney there. I recommend this law firm. Pioneer Tech
Rich Adams is an outstanding criminal attorney. I have had the opportunity to refer several friends and clients to his practice for handling of criminal matters, and on every occasion he has produced an excellent result. Rich practices with attention to detail, a thorough knowledge of the law, and a passion to defend his clients. I will continue to refer clients to Rich Adams, and would strongly recommend him for your legal needs. Brian Pink