Parnell Law Firm

Driving Under the Influence (DUI) / Boating Under the Influence (BUI)

Drunk driving and boating under the influence are serious offenses in Florida. Attorneys at the Parnell Law Firm have experience handling DUI/BUI cases and trials. We aggressively investigate the reasons behind your traffic stop, and review the accuracy of equipment used in obtaining physical evidence. We challenge the findings, examine police reports, and question witnesses to determine if proper policies were followed.

The Intoxilyzer 8000 is the forensic breath test device licensed for use by the State of Florida and is therefore the centerpiece of most DUI cases. The machine is a computer, and at the heart of the computer is the closely-guarded source code, which controls every aspect of how the machine works. To fully understand the machine, it is necessary to view the source code in conjunction with a functioning Intoxilyzer. Because the source code is encrypted, it is only possible to accomplish this at CMI's headquarters in Owensboro, Kentucky, where the machines are manufactured.

A DUI conviction can result in high fines, greatly increased or cancelled insurance premiums, revocation or suspension of your driver's license, and possible incarceration. If you are accused of causing an accident or injury as a result of a DUI, or if you have been previously adjudicated guilty of DUI, you may face enhanced penalties.

You have only 10 days to save your license by requesting an administrative hearing. Under Florida DUI laws, your driver's license will be automatically suspended ten days after the date of your arrest unless an administrative hearing is requested, so contact the Parnell Law Firm now.

Understanding the potential penalties for DUI makes fighting your DUI case an easy decision to make. If you do not fight your DUI, you will face these penalties at a minimum:

  • Loss of drivers license
  • 12 months of probation, which costs at least $50 per month
  • Substantial fines
  • Increased insurnace premiums
  • Adjudication of guilt, which means a permanent criminal record

DUI penalties change frequently, and the most recent statutory law controlling the penalties can be read here. The Deparment of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles will impose administrative penalties in addition to the criminal penalties. The Parnell Law Firm developed an easily understandable chart of common DUI penalties for your convenience which can be viewed by clicking here.

DUI Penalty Chart

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Pensacola, Florida 32501



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