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In cases involving DUI with property damage, the stakes are high. After an arrest, drivers are worried about the pending criminal charges, the administrative suspension of their driver’s license, and their insurance coverage for the crash.
Call an experienced criminal defense attorney to learn more about the pending charges, the potential penalties, and the best defenses. We help our clients fight to avoid a criminal conviction. The penalties are harsh, even for a first DUI arrest without any prior record. A criminal defense lawyer in Tallahassee can help you at each stage of the case.
If you have been charged with driving under the influence causing property damage, then Pumphrey Law. The attorneys at Pumphrey Law have the experience necessary to fight these difficult cases. Prosecutors with the State Attorney’s Office in Leon County, FL, often take an aggressive stance in these cases, especially when the accident involved another vehicle.
Call (850) 681-7777 to discuss the best strategy for your DUI defense. Pumphrey Law represents clients throughout North Florida including Monticello in Jefferson County, Crawfordville in Wakulla County, Quincy in Gadsden County and Bristol in Liberty County.
A driver can be considered under the influence of drugs or alcohol if his or her normal faculties are impaired. The prosecutor can also allege that the driver’s blood or breath alcohol concentration is at or above the legal limit of .08 regardless of impairment. If that person causes an accident or damages property, then the maximum and minimum penalties are enhanced.
The penalties and punishments for DUI with property damage can be more severe than a DUI that does not involve a crash. Under Florida Statute 316.193(3), even if the driver has no prior arrest record, the crime can be charged as a first-degree misdemeanor punishable by 12 months in the county jail and fines up to $1,000. Additionally, certain other minimum conditions must be imposed by the judge, including probation and a requirement that the driver installs the dreaded ignition interlock device.
In a DUI case involving property damage, the prosecutor with the State Attorney’s Office must prove several things at trial beyond all reasonable doubt. These requirements are often called the elements of the offense. In this type of DUI case, the prosecutor must prove:
The term “normal faculties” is defined under Florida law to include things like walking, talking, seeing, hearing, driving a motor vehicle, making decisions and acting in emergencies. In fact, it also can mean being able to normally perform the many physical acts and mental tasks required in our daily lives.
Although a DUI charge can seem impossible to fight, there are options. A skilled Tallahassee defense attorney at Pumphrey Law can study the facts of your case and determine defenses that may apply to your circumstances, including:
After an arrest for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol causing property damage, you should seek the help of experienced representation. Florida drunk driving defense attorneys at Pumphrey Law have the training and experience necessary to fight these difficult cases. Whether your case involves a breath, blood or urine test or a refusal to submit, we can help.
Call (850) 681-7777 to schedule a free consultation.
This article was last updated on Thursday, September 15, 2016.
Attorney Don Pumphrey, Jr. is a former prosecutor, former law enforcement officer, and a successful and experienced criminal defense attorney. Don has achieved over 100 not guilty verdicts at trial and over 2,000 dismissals.
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