Panama City DUI Lawyer

Defense for Drunk Driving Charges in Bay County, FL

Arrested for drunk driving? If you’re facing a DUI charge in Panama City or the surrounding areas of Bay County, seeking the help of a competent and experienced defense lawyer is vital. As your local Panama City DUI lawyer at William Dyer Attorney at Law, I have 15+ years of criminal defense experience and have helped hundreds of individuals just like you. I know the local criminal justice system and the laws regarding DUI inside and out. I can work diligently on your behalf, exploring all possible avenues of defense in a committed effort to bring about a favorable case result.

Facing DUI charges? Discuss your case with our Panama City DUI attorney by calling William Dyer at (850) 403-4711.

DUI Cases in Florida

A DUI (driving under the influence) is a serious offense in any state. In a first-offense DUI in Florida with a breath alcohol level (BAL) of .08 or above, you face some serious penalties. These penalties are amplified for second, third, and consequent offenses.

Florida has harsh penalties for individuals who drive while drunk or under the influence of drugs. The consequences of a DUI conviction could impact your career, your personal life, and your day-to-day privileges. They can be expensive and may impact the rest of your life.

Penalties for a first-offense DUI conviction in Florida include:

  • Fines ranging from $500 to $2,000 (Having a BAL of .15 or higher or DUI with a minor in the vehicle can result in fines of $2,000 to $4,000)
  • 50 hours of community service
  • Probation of not more than one year
  • Up to six months in jail (or up to one year in jail if you were involved in an accident causing property damage or minor injuries and up to five years in jail if the accident caused serious bodily injury)
  • License suspension of 6 months

What Happens if I Refuse a Breathalyzer in Florida?

Under Florida law, all drivers are required to consent to a breath, urine or blood test if arrested to test for drugs or alcohol. If you refuse to take a breathalyzer, you can face the following penalties:

  • One-year license revocation
  • 18-month revocation for any refusals after the first refusal

Additionally, if you have had a prior refusal, you can receive a misdemeanor charge and face the following penalties:

  • A $1,000 fine
  • Up to one year in jail

Begin Constructing Your DUI Defense Strategy Today

My firm is small enough that I can take a very personal approach to your case. Understanding all of the facts and circumstances surrounding your DUI is essential to constructing a valid defense. As your Panama City DUI lawyer, I will get to work immediately to analyze all of the details of your case so that I can determine the most viable strategy moving forward. You can always rely on me to be available to you and to provide you with committed legal service throughout the entire process.

Arrested for DUI? Contact our Panama City DUI lawyer at (850) 403-4711 today for a FREE consultation to discuss your case.

Expert Approach. Individual Attention.

  • Experience

    With 17 years of legal experience, you are in good hands with Will Dyer.

  • Communication

    Effective communication is the single most important factor in a successful defense.

  • Availability

    Always have direct access to Will, even between appointments.

  • Education

    Great legal support along with a full explanation of the process and the steps taken in your case.