Fight The Consequences Of A DUI/DWI

At Zachary A. Vandyke, P.A., we defend individuals accused of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. We have experience, knowledge and talent. More importantly, we tenaciously help you protect your future.

What Could A First Offense Mean For Your Life?

Fighting a drunk driving charge is crucial, even for a first offense. When you hire a criminal defense attorney, the truth is that you increase your chance at having the charges dismissed, reduced or the penalties lessened — and they are serious.

For a first offense in Florida, you could face:

  • Jail time: Yes, jail time is a real possibility. You could face anywhere from six to nine months.
  • Probation: A judge could place you under a period of probation in addition to jail time, the maximum of both limited to less than one year.
  • Community service: A condition of probation could mean that you are required to work community service hours into your schedule.
  • Fines and penalties: You may be ordered to pay the court fines ranging from $500 to $2,000.
  • License suspension: Traveling around Panama City is not easy without a license. You could lose yours anywhere from 180 days to a year.
  • Ignition interlock device: The court can require you to install an ignition interlock device. You would be responsible for paying all costs for installation and ongoing service.
  • Increased insurance rates: Insurance companies can hike up your premiums or drop you from coverage. If you try to purchase new insurance, you could be required to go through a non-standard company, also with high premiums.
  • Criminal record: A DUI/DWI conviction goes on your permanent record. If you are pulled over for a second offense, it can be used to enhance sentencing.

A higher blood alcohol concentration, a minor child in the vehicle and many other circumstances can increase the severity of a criminal charge and the consequences.

Get Help Now. Talk To A Lawyer At Our Firm In A Free Initial Consultation.

Call our office in Panama City at 850-851-0864 or send us an email containing your information. We offer free initial consultations. Whether you were pulled over near our office or north in Marianna, we can help you. Se Habla Español!