Miami and Fort Lauderdale Driving Under the Influence / DUI Cases

Have you been charged with Driving Under the Influence / DUI in the Miami or Fort Lauderdale area?

In Florida, Driving under the influence generally constitutes a misdemeanor punishable by less than one year in jail. The offense may be elevated to a felony, punishable by a longer term in state prison, if the incident caused serious injury (felony DUI), death (vehicular manslaughter or vehicular homicide), or extensive property damage or if the defendant has a designated number of prior DUI convictions within a given time period (commonly, 3 prior convictions within 10 years), or murder charges may be applied where the legal state of mind of malice exists, where the defendant exhibited a reckless indifference to the lives of others

Driving Under the Influence charges are serious, you need an experienced DUI lawyer to aggressively fight for your rights and defend your case.  Miami Criminal attorney Carlos M. Fleites has handled countless DUI cases in the Miami and Fort Lauderdale area.  Call the Law Office of Carlos M. Fleites today for a free consultation about your case.  (305) 673-4600

There are a variety of different charges that fall under DUI.  They range in gravity and complexity from a simple DUI to a DUI manslaughter.  All of these have many factors that will aggravate or mitigate the penalties for the offenses.

Call the Miami law firm of Carlos Fleites at  (305) 673-4600 today for Miami and Fort Lauderdale area DUI defense.

Driving Under the Influence Cases:

  • Driving Under the Influence – DUI
  • Felony DUI
  • DUI with Damage
  • DUI with Serious Injury
  • DUI Manslaughter
  • Boating Under the Influence – BUI

Driving Under Influence
A person is guilty of the offense of driving under the influence if the person is driving or in actual physical control of a vehicle within this state and: The person is under the influence of alcoholic beverages, any chemical substance, or any substance controlled, when affected to the extent that the person’s normal faculties are impaired;  The person has a blood-alcohol level of 0.08 or more grams of alcohol per 100 milliliters of blood; or The person has a breath-alcohol level of 0.08 or more grams of alcohol per 210 liters of breath.

Felony Driving Under the Influence / Felony DUI
Any person who is convicted of a third violation of this section for an offense that occurs within 10 years after a prior conviction for a violation of this section commits a felony of the third degree or Any person who is convicted of a fourth or subsequent violation of this section, regardless of when any prior conviction for a violation of this section occurred, commits a felony of the third degree.

Driving Under the Influence with Damage / DUI  with Damage
Any person who is in violation of the DUI laws, who operates a vehicle; and who, by reason of such operation, causes or contributes to causing: Damage to the property or person of another commits a misdemeanor of the first degree.

 Driving Under the Influence with Serious Injury / DUI with Serious Injury
Any person who is in violation of the DUI laws, who operates a vehicle; and who, by reason of such operation, causes or contributes to causing serious bodily injury to another, commits a felony of the third degree.

Driving Under the Influence Manslaughter / DUI  Manslaughter
Any person who is in violation of the DUI laws, who operates a vehicle; and who, by reason of such operation, causes or contributes to causing the death of any human being or unborn quick child commits DUI manslaughter, and commits a felony of the second degree.

Boating Under the Influence / BUI
A person is guilty of the offense of boating under the influence / BUI and is subject to punishment if the person is operating a vessel within this state and:  The person is under the influence of alcoholic beverages, any chemical substance, or any substance controlled when affected to the extent that the person’s normal faculties are impaired; The person has a blood-alcohol level of 0.08 or more grams of alcohol per 100 milliliters of blood; or The person has a breath-alcohol level of 0.08 or more grams of alcohol per 210 liters of breath.