VAN RIPER & NIES                                    772-460-2352
DUI Attorneys Defending St. Lucie County Residents

In matters of truth and justice, there is no difference between large and small problems, for issues concerning the treatment of people are all the same...

Van Riper & Nies Attorneys rely on open communication & aggressive representation in bringing justice to clients charged with DUI.

Under Florida Statute Section 316.193, a DUI is defined as operating a motor vehicle while impaired, with a blood alcohol level of .08 or higher, a chemical substance, or a controlled substance.

First Conviction:

·        Fines of $250 to $500. If you have a BAC of .20 or higher, or were driving with a minor in the car, your fine will be anywhere from $500 to $1000.

·        Community service. Mandatory 50 hours, or an additional fine equaling $10 per required hour.

·        Probation of no more than one year.

·        Jail time of at least eight hours, but could last up to six months. For Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) of .20 or higher, the sentence could last nine months.

·        Jail time of at least two years if you kill or injure someone.

·        Vehicle impoundment.

·        Driver license revoked for a six month minimum.

Second DUI Conviction:

·        Fines of $500 - $1,000. For BAC of .20 or higher, or a minor in the car, minimum $1,000 to $2,000.

·        Jail time of not more than nine months. A BAC of .20 or higher, or driving with a minor in the car, will require up to 12 months. If it's your second conviction in five years, a mandatory 10-day jail sentence will be required.

·        Vehicle impoundment.

·        Driver license revoked for six months minimum. If it's your second conviction in five years, you'll lose your license for five years.

Third Conviction:

·        Fines of $1,000 - $2,500. If it's your third conviction in 10 years, you'll be charged $2,000 to $5,000.

·        Jail time. Mandatory 30 days if it's your third conviction in 10 years. If it's outside the 10-year limit, up to 12 months jail time.

·        Vehicle impoundment.

·        Driver license revoked for a minimum five years. If it's your third conviction in 10 years, a minimum of 10 years revocation will apply.

Fourth or Subsequent Conviction:

·        Fines of $1,000 minimum; with BAC of .20 or higher, minimum of $2,000 fines. No maximum.

·        Jail time of up to five years.

·        Driver license revoked. No eligibility for hardship reinstatement.

Drivers Younger than 21 Years of Age:

·        Drivers under 21  who are found with a BAC of .02 or higher are subject to an automatic six-month suspension. For most, even one drink will put them over a .02 BAC.

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Christian Van Riper is an experienced DUI lawyer who helps those charged with DUI throughout Florida.  Most commonly, they handle Driving Under the Influence cases in St. Lucie County, Martin County, Indian River County, and Okeechobee County.  Christian typically assists clients with DUI charges arising out of Stuart, FL -Jensen Beach, FL - Hobe Sound, FL - Palm City, FL - Port St. Lucie, FL - Ft. Pierce - FL Vero Beach, FL - Indiantown, FL - Okeechobee, FL.  Our DUI lawyers represent clients in in Port Saint Lucie Florida offer free consultations and payment plans.  Visit our site or our Palm Beach DUI Defense Site for more information about our criminal defense practice. 

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