DUI Consequences

While some people might think it's not worth hiring a lawyer for a simple DUI charge, or that it's not possible to defend yourself against a DUI, the opposite is true. With the help of a skilled and experienced attorney, you can avoid DUI conviction and all the consequences that come with it.

I am D. Scott Rieth, and I've helped many drivers in the Sarasota-Bradenton area avoid the consequences of a DUI. Whether this is your first charge or a repeat offense, I'll use my 20 years of experience to defense you aggressively.

If you're facing DUI charges, please call 941-404-4192 or 888-352-3179 toll free to schedule a free initial consultation.

Twelve Reasons To You Should Hire An Experienced DUI Defense Attorney

It is important to hire a DUI attorney, and to choose one who is highly qualified, because the consequences of a conviction are serious. They include, but are not limited to:

  1. Jail time - a judge can sentence you to up to six months imprisonment for a first offense, or nine months if your BAC was over 0.15. More serious DUI charges carry mandatory minimum sentences and larger maximum penalties - up to five years' imprisonment for habitual offenders.
  2. Fines - for a first conviction, fine range from $500 to $1000, and are doubled if your BAC was greater than 0.15 or for a second offense. They are even greater for a third or subsequent offense. For many Floridians, these fines would lead to severe economic hardship.
  3. DUI school, community service and probation - anyone convicted of any type of DUI is required to enroll in and complete an education program before their driving privileges can be reinstated.
  4. Community service - 50 hours of service is the mandatory minimum for first offenders, placing a significant burden on their time
  5. Probation - many offenders are placed on probation even after their have served their time in prison.
  6. Loss of driving privileges - This represents a severe inconvenience to yourself and your family - without your license, your ability to get to work or complete necessary everyday tasks will be severely limited. While hardship licenses are available in some cases, not everyone is eligible.
  7. Criminal record - this can have a devastating and long-lasting affect on your life; you are charged with a felony, the charge can never be removed.
  8. Job prospects - many employers will not hire applicants with criminal records, or will discontinue the employment of convicted employees.
  9. Educational opportunities - some schools may not admit individuals with a criminal record, who are also not eligible for some types of student aid.
  10. Interlock device - before you can drive again, you may have to install one of these devices - at your own expense.
  11. Higher insurance rates - if your are convicted your insurance premiums will rise
  12. Social stigma - you may damage relationships with family, friends, co-workers and neighbors who learn about the conviction.

Contact D. Scott Reith Today

As a former prosecutor, I am able to consider the case from both sides to build a stronger case for you. Don't wait to contact me - the sooner you contact me, the more I can help you through the process. To schedule your free consultation, send me an email or call 941-404-4192 or 888-352-3179 toll free.