If you or a loved one has been charged with driving under the influence (DUI) — or is under suspicion of DUI — it’s essential to contact an experienced Orlando DUI lawyer immediately. Attorney Neal T. McShane at McShane & McShane Law Firm, P.A. in Orlando has defended drivers against DUI charges in Florida since 1983.
Prior to entering private practice as a criminal defense attorney in 1983, Mr. McShane was a prosecuting attorney, serving as Assistant State Attorney in Orlando and Vice Assistant State Attorney (Prosecutor) for the Metropolitan Bureau of Investigation in Orlando. His experience arguing criminal cases from both sides of the courtroom gives him insight into how the prosecution builds a case against you. He uses that knowledge to protect your rights and construct a strong defense.
Driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a serious offense. In Florida, drivers must have a breath or blood alcohol level (BAL) of less than .08 percent to be within the legal limit. The state imposes serious sentences and penalties on drivers convicted of DUI. Even first-time offenders face severe consequences for DUI. If you are arrested for any drunk driving offense, consult with an Orange County criminal law attorney immediately. Your lawyer can protect your rights and build a solid defense for you.
The BAL limit for drivers who are under the age of 21 is .02. In many cases, a single drink is enough to meet or break this threshold. If your child is arrested for a first underage DUI offense, he or she may have driving privileges suspended for up to six months. And if your child’s BAL is .05 or higher, his or her license remains suspended until he or she completes an alcohol treatment course. Other penalties for an underage DUI conviction can include jail time, steep fines, probation and community service.
You should know and understand your rights under Florida’s DUI laws. For example, when you operate a motor vehicle in Florida — whether you are a Florida resident with a Florida driver’s license or are visiting from another state — you automatically agree to comply with Florida driving laws, including Florida’s implied consent law. Implied consent requires all drivers to consent to a BAL test if law enforcement officers request you to do so. If you refuse to have your breath, blood or urine tested, your license will be suspended. Refusal can constitute a separate crime in addition to the DUI charge and carries its own penalties if you have previously refused a breath, blood or urine test.
Knowledge and experience are valuable tools in the practice of law. If you or a family member is facing Florida DUI charges in Orange County, you can rely on our seasoned legal team at McShane & McShane Law Firm, P.A. in Orlando. Contact our criminal defense law firm at 407-648-1500 or contact us online today to discuss your case. There is no charge for your first visit. Se habla español.