Randall Spivey of Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A. in Ft. Myers, FL represents individuals, family members or friends who have been the victims of car accidents involving drunk drivers.
Attorney Spivey says, "If you know people who inappropriately drink and drive, their behavior is costly. It's costly in many ways, not the least of which are the potential of bodily injury or death. "
DUI drivers should think about :
1. What's the cost of their reputations as their names and "mug" shots are displayed for everyone to see, including present or future employers? Even first-time DUI convictions remain on Florida driving records for 75 years.
2. What's the cost in their time?
For first-time DUI convictions the State of Florida penalties are:
- Community Service - 50 hours
- Probation - Up to 1 year
- Imprisonment - Up to 6 months
- Imprisonment with BAL (blood alcohol) of 0.08 or higher with a minor in the vehicle - Up to 9 months
- License Revocation - Minimum of 180 days
- DUI School - 12 hours
3. What's the cost in $$$?
In Florida the costs can be well beyond the potential fines of $500 to $1,000 for a first offense. Factor in towing, bail fees, court-mandated classes, vehicle insurance rate increases, legal fees, restitution payments, wrecked vehicle payments and more.
According to Drinking and Driving - Prevention, Education, Assistance organization in The Financial Truth of DUI, drivers should "Consider the consequences of a DUI arrest compared to the cost of ANY available alternative. They could take a limo and drink champagne all the way to the fanciest hotel in town and still not spend as much as they would for a DUI."
To learn more about the consequences of a DUI conviction, click here to access the Florida Department of Motor Vehicle website: http://www.dmvflorida.org
DUI CAN RESULT IN WRONGFUL DEATHS OR
SERIOUS INJURIES. IS IT WORTH IT ?
If you or a loved one is involved in a crash caused by a drunk driver or have any potential personal injury or wrongful death claim, please contact us at the Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A. specializing in personal injury and wrongful death.
Randall L. Spivey is a Board Certified Civil Trial Attorney – the highest recognition for competence bestowed by the Florida Bar and a distinction earned by less than 2 percent of Florida attorneys. He has handled over 1,500 personal injury and wrongful death cases throughout Florida. For a free and confidential consultation to discuss your legal rights, contact the Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A., in Lee County at 239. 337.7483 or toll free at 1.888.477.4839, or by email to Randall@SpiveyLaw.com. Visit SpiveyLaw.com for more information. You can contact Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A. in Charlotte County at 941.764.7748 and in Collier County 239.793.7748.