In Florida, even first-time DUI offenders face harsh penalties, including jail time, fines, and driver’s license suspension. If you have been arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, you need an experienced attorney who can help you navigate the DUI system and ensure that your rights are protected.
If you’ve been arrested for DUI in Florida, you only have 10 days to request an administrative license hearing (ALR) and stop the automatic suspension of your driver’s license.
At Monroe & King, P.A., our Jacksonville DUI lawyers are widely recognized as authorities on Florida DUI defense. One of our founding attorneys, Scott Monroe, has extensive experience on all sides of the state’s DUI laws and has handled thousands of DUI cases. Our entire team understands what you are up against, as well as the importance of acting quickly to protect your driving privileges, your freedom, and your future. We offer complimentary case evaluations, so you have nothing to lose by discussing your legal rights with our Jacksonville DUI attorneys.
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In Florida, it is illegal to operate a private motor vehicle (this includes cars, motorcycles, trucks, boats, etc.) with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08% or higher. The state also employs a “zero-tolerance” policy for those under the age of 21, meaning you can be arrested for and charged with underage DUI if your BAC is 0.02% or higher. Additionally, you cannot operate a commercial vehicle, such as a delivery truck or taxi, with a BAC of 0.04% or higher.
There are a variety of ways in which our team can help you if you have been arrested for drunk driving in Jacksonville or anywhere in Duval, Clay, Nassau, and St. Johns counties.
Mounting a Solid Defense
If convicted of DUI in Florida, you face jail/prison time, exorbitant fines, and other serious consequences if convicted. If you are convicted of multiple DUI, you face even harsher penalties. Our team can utilize our in-house investigators and expert witnesses, as well as our extensive DUI defense experience, to build a strategic and personalized defense on your behalf.
Challenging Police Evidence
One defense tactic we may employ (depending on the circumstances surrounding your case) is to challenge evidence gathered by law enforcement at the scene or at the police station. Breathalyzer tests, blood tests, and field sobriety tests are often improperly administered or analyzed; our team can challenge the results of these tests, as well as the arresting officer’s reason for stopping you in the first place.
The Administrative Hearing
Upon being arrested for DUI in Florida, your driver’s license is automatically suspended. You are allowed to drive for the following 10 days on a temporary driving permit issued to you by the arresting officer. If you fail to request an ALR hearing (which is a separate process from the judicial ruling in your DUI case), your license will be suspended for no less than 6 months on the 11th day after your arrest. Our Jacksonville DUI attorneys can help you take swift action to request and prepare for your hearing.
Representing You throughout the Process
At Monroe & King, P.A., we represent those accused of DUI in all aspects of the ensuing legal process, including in trial and in hearings. Whether it is your first time ever encountering the criminal justice system or you are facing repeat DUI offender charges, our legal team is here to provide you with the legal counsel and representation you need.
If you've been charged with a DUI, you may need more than just legal assistance. Monroe & King, P.A. cares about you and your well-being. Call today to speak to one of our attorneys.
After graduating law school, Mr. Monroe joined the State Attorney's Office, Fourth Judicial Circuit in Jacksonville, as an Assistant State Attorney. While there, he served as the DUI Unit prosecutor and Senior County Court Attorney for over two years. As the DUI Unit prosecutor, he handled all felony eligible DUI cases for all 17 County Court Divisions and handled Felony DUIs in Circuit Court.
During this time, he handled thousands of DUI cases and conducted over 50 DUI trials. In addition, he was responsible for training and overseeing all County Prosecutors. He worked closely with Jacksonville Sheriff's Office (JSO) DUI Unit and Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) program in North Florida.
Scott Monroe has extensive training in detection, enforcement, prosecution, toxicology, field sobriety testing, effects of substances, and other areas of DUI defense.