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Vero Beach Boating Under the Influence Lawyer

The Law Offices of David Golden, P.A. represents individuals in Vero Beach, Gifford, Sebastian, Fellsmere, Oslo, Wabasso, and across Indian River County who have been accused of operating a boat under the influence of alcohol or drugs. If you have been charged with BUI, it is important to choose a legal team that has the right experience to defend you. Depending on the circumstances surrounding your case, you could have the charges against you reduced or dropped altogether. With more than 20 years of experience helping individuals accused of crimes in Vero Beach and across the Treasure Coast region, David Golden and his team of aggressive criminal defense attorneys are ready to fight for you.

You don’t have to accept the consequences that come with a BUI conviction without fighting back. Call us at 772-770-4101 or reach out to us online to schedule a consultation to discuss your rights and legal options with an experienced Vero Beach BUI attorney now.

BUI Penalties

Under Florida Statute § 327.35, a BUI conviction is generally punishable as follows:

  • First Conviction — Second-degree misdemeanor punishable by fine of up to $1,000 and/or up to six months in jail;
  • Second Conviction — Second-degree misdemeanor punishable by fine of up to $2,000 and/or up to nine months in jail;
  • Third Conviction More Than 10 Years After Prior Conviction — Second-degree misdemeanor punishable by fine of up to $5,000 and/or up to 12 months in jail.
  • Third Conviction Within 10 Years of Prior Conviction — Third-degree felony punishable by fine of up to $5,000 and/or up to five years in prison.

Criminal penalties can be increased in BUI cases involving alleged offenders with blood alcohol concentrations (BACs) of 0.15 or higher. In such cases, first convictions are punishable by a fine of up to $2,000 and up to nine months in jail, second convictions are punishable by a fine of up to $4,000 and up to 12 months in jail, and third or subsequent convictions are punishable by fines of at least $4,000.

You can reduce the risk of facing these penalties and increase the potential to get the charges dismissed if you bring in a quality BUI defense attorney. With an attorney, you’ll be able to contest the state’s evidence and make them fight to prove their case. Your lawyer will also know how to negotiate an acceptable plea deal if this is the best strategy for you. Whether this is your first or fifth BUI, a lawyer can use the law, the available evidence, and strong legal arguments to bring about the best outcome for you.

The Law Offices of David Golden, P.A. Has the Experience You Need

The Law Offices of David Golden, P.A. has been representing BUI clients for more than 20 years. In that time, Mr. Golden has used his extensive legal knowledge to help his clients fight the charges that might have cost them their freedom or left them in a significantly worse financial position. With The Law Offices of David Golden, P.A., you get an award-winning lawyer who has a history of performing exceptionally in the court and in negotiations. You’ll get a dedicated defender who will use every resource the law allows to fight the charges you are facing. Mr. Golden can help you whether this is your first offense or your third. No matter the circumstances, he knows how to make the law work for you instead of against you.

The Law Offices of David Golden, P.A. Is Ready to Start Defending You Today

A BUI charge can impact your life significantly, but with the right BUI lawyer, it doesn’t have to. If you or someone you know is facing a BUI charge, contact The Law Offices of David Golden, P.A. to enlist the best defense in Vero Beach. Just call us at 772-770-4101 to learn more about how we can help you during a case evaluation.

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