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Frequently Asked Questions

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If you have been recently charged with a DUI, you may have questions about how your case will be handled and what penalties you could be facing. Fortunately, you are not alone in this time. Our FAQ section below is a great resource for helpful information on DUI offenses. If you're interested in receiving personalized legal counsel, a Gainesville DUI lawyer from Kinsell Law Firm would be happy to schedule a free consultation with you today.

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  • What are the consequences for refusing to take a chemical test?
    If you refuse to take a requested blood or breath test, your license will automatically be suspended for 1 year for a first offense, and 18 months for both a second and third offense.
  • How long do previous DUI convictions stay in effect on my record?
    Previous DUI convictions can be used to incur more serious charges against you for five years after a second offense and 10 years for a third offense.
  • If the officer didn't read me my Miranda rights, will this work in my favor?
    While your case will not be dismissed if your rights weren't read to you, this can affect any statements that you make.
  • Will my insurance rates go up for a DUI conviction?
    Most insurance providers will raise your rates if convicted for a DUI. However, if you maintain a clean driving record in the future, there is a possibility that you can receive lower rates after a certain length of time as determined by your insurance company.
  • Do I really need an attorney for a DUI?
    Yes. The common assumption is that if you know you are guilty of driving while intoxicated, why try to plead otherwise? However, when you work with an attorney skilled in handling DUI cases, they can fight to have your charges reduced or possibly even dismissed altogether.
  • What penalties could I be facing for a DUI?
    In Florida, your penalties will depend on whether or not this was a first offense and your blood alcohol concentration (BAC). However, penalties can include up to one year in jail, between $500 and $5,000 in fines, license suspension, and a mandatory interlock ignition device.

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