Van Riper | Nies Attorneys                         561-962-3130
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Van Riper & Nies merges aggressive representation, trial experience, open communications and hard work as they fight for their clients' freedom.


Our  attorneys, Christian Van Riper and Tim Nies are experienced trial attorneys. Christian is a former prosecuting attorney for the state of Florida, where he prosecuted and tried many Driving Under the Influence (DUI) cases. From his years as a state attorney, Christian has a unique insight into how prosecutors evaluate DUI cases. Our attorney, Tim Nies,  is a U.S. Army Veteran, having served with the 75th Ranger Regiment, and a former insurance defense trial attorney where he litigated complex injury cases.

Our lawyers are known for the personal attention we give to our clients, and for leaving no stone unturned in our fight for our clients' rights. 
Wouldn't it be comforting to know that you hired an attorney that genuinely cares about you and your family, and will work hard to make sure that you, or your loved one's legal and constitutional rights are being fought for?

If an individual is arrested for DUI, a driver's license suspension will result, if the person arrested has a blood alcohol level in excess of .08 or refuses to submit to a breath, urine or blood test. If your license is suspended, you can appeal the suspension within 10 days of your arrest by requesting a formal review with DHSMV (Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles).  If you appeal, you will receive a temporary permit, which allows you to drive until your hearing date. A Miami DUI defense lawyer at DMT will appear at the hearing and attempt to get the suspension invalidated. If DMT is successful at the hearing, you will be entitled to have your license reinstated immediately. If the DHSMV hearing is lost, your license can be suspended between 6 and 18 months depending on the reason for the suspension. Even if the suspension is upheld, you will most likely be entitled to a hardship license, which enables you to drive for employment purposes.

If you or someone you know has been arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or refusal to take a breathalyzer test, contact our attorneys as soon as possible.  Our attorneys will defend you in court and in administrative proceedings before the Department of Highway Safety & Motor Vehicles.  Some of the ways we can help those charged with a DUI, include: 
 

1. Challenging the validity of the traffic stop or arrest on Constitutional grounds. 
2. Challenging the validity of the breathalyzer results, including the maintenance and the operation of the breathalyzer test.
3. Positioning your case to negotiate a plea to traffic violations such as reckless driving to avoid license suspension or jail.   
4. Representing you at administrative hearings regarding your driver's license. 
5. Trying your case before a Palm Beach jury.


Our attorneys will proactively and tenaciously defend you in court and at administrative hearings. This is our job. That is why our clients hire us.  We simply do not plead guilty for you to obtain a fee – we work hard for your freedom and are ready and willing to take your case to a jury.


For a free consultation and for more information about our DUI Defense practice, please call 561-962-3130, complete the form below or email us at christian@vanriperandnies.com

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 DUI (Driving Under the Influence of Alcoholic Beverages, Chemical Substances or Controlled Substances). s. 316.193, F.S.

Under Florida law, DUI is one offense, proved by impairment of normal faculties or unlawful blood alcohol or breath alcohol level of .08 or above. The penalties upon conviction are the same, regardless of the manner in which the offense is proven.

Fine Schedule s. 316.193(2)(a)-(b), F.S.

  • First Conviction: Not less than $500, or more than $1,000. With Blood/Breath Alcohol Level (BAL) of .15 or higher or minor in the vehicle: Not less than $1,000, or more than $2,000.
  • Second Conviction: Not less than $1,000, or more than $2,000. With BAL of .15 or higher or minor in the vehicle: Not less than $2,000, or more than $4,000.
  • Third Conviction More than 10 years from second: Not less than $2,000, or more than $5,000. With BAL of .15 or higher or minor in the vehicle: Not less than $4,000.
  • Fourth or Subsequent Conviction: Not less than $2,000.

Community Service - s. 316.193 (6)(a), F.S.

First Conviction: Mandatory 50 hours of community service or additional fine of $10 for each hour of community service required.

Probation - s. 316.193 (5)(6), F.S.

First conviction, total period of probation and incarceration may not exceed 1 year.

Imprisonment- s. 316.193 (2)(a) 2, 4(b), (6)(j), F.S.

At court's discretion, sentencing terms may be served in a residential alcoholism or drug abuse treatment program, credited toward term of imprisonment.

  • First Conviction: Not more than 6 months. With BAL of .15 or higher or minor in the vehicle: Not more than 9 months.
  • Second Conviction: Not more than 9 months. With BAL of .15 or higher or minor in the vehicle: Not more than 12 months. If second conviction within 5 years, mandatory imprisonment of at least 10 days. At least 48 hours of confinement must be consecutive.
  • Third Conviction: If third conviction within 10 years, mandatory imprisonment of at least 30 days. At least 48 hours of confinement must be consecutive. If third conviction more than 10 years, imprisonment for not more than 12 months.
  • Fourth or Subsequent Conviction: Not more than 5 years or as provided in s.775.084, Florida Statutes, as habitual/violent offender.

Impoundment of Immobilization of Vehicle - s. 316.193 (6), F.S.

Unless the family of the defendant has no other transportation: First conviction = 10 days; second conviction within 5 years = 30 days; third conviction within 10 years = 90 days. Impoundment or immobilization must not occur concurrently with incarceration. The court may dismiss the order of impoundment of any vehicles that are owned by the defendant if they are operated solely by the employees of the defendant or any business owned by the defendant.

Conditions for Release of Persons Arrested for DUI-s. 316.193 (9), F.S.

  • The person is no longer under the influence and;
  • The person's normal faculties are no longer impaired
  • The person's blood/breath alcohol level is lower than 0.05; or
  • Eight hours have elapsed from the time the person was arrested.

DUI Misdemeanor Conviction: (Accident Involving Property Damage or Personal Injury)-s. 316.193 (3), F.S.

Any person who causes property damage or personal injury to another while driving under the influence is guilty of a First Degree Misdemeanor (not more than $1,000 fine or 1-year imprisonment).

DUI Felony Conviction: (Repeat Offenders or Accidents Involving Serious Bodily Injury)-s. 316.193 (2),(3) F.S.

  • Any person convicted of a third DUI within 10 years or a fourth or subsequent DUI commits a Third Degree Felony (not more than $5,000 fine and/or 5 years imprisonment).
  • Any person who causes serious bodily injury while driving under the influence is guilty of a Third Degree Felony (not more than $5,000 fine and/or 5 years imprisonment) or if habitual/violent felony offender as provided in s. 775.084, F.S.

Manslaughter and Vehicular Homicide-s. 316.193 (3), F.S.

  • DUI/Manslaughter: Second Degree Felony (not more than $10,000 fine and/or 15 years imprisonment).
  • DUI Manslaughter/Leaving the Scene: A driver convicted of DUI Manslaughter who knew/should have known accident occurred; and failed to give information or render aid is guilty of a First Degree Felony (not more than $10,000 fine and/or 30 years imprisonment).
  • Vehicular Homicide: Second Degree Felony (not more than $10,000 fine and/or 15 years imprisonment).
  • Vehicular Homicide/Leaving the Scene: A driver convicted of vehicular homicide who left the scene of an accident is guilty of a First Degree Felony (nor more than $10,000 fine and/or 30 years imprisonment).

Driver License Revocation Periods for DUI-s. 322.271, F.S. and s. 322.28,F.S.

A. First Conviction: Minimum 180 days revocation, maximum 1 year.

B. Second Conviction Within 5 Years: Minimum 5 years revocation. May be eligible for hardship reinstatement after 1 year. Other 2nd offenders same as "A" above.

C. Third Conviction Within 10 Years of the second conviction: minimum 10 years revocation. May be eligable for a hardship reinstatement after two years.

D. Fourth Conviction, Regardless of When Prior Convictions Occurred) and Murder with Motor Vehicle: Mandatory permanent revocation. No hardship reinstatement.

E. DUI Manslaughter: Mandatory permanent revocation. If no prior DUI related convictions, may be eligible for hardship reinstatement after 5 years.

F. Manslaughter, DUI Serious Bodily Injury, or Vehicular Homicide Convictions: Minimum 3-year revocation. DUI Serious Bodily Injury having prior DUI conviction is same as "B-D" above.

 

Commercial Motor Vehicles (CMV) - Alcohol-Related Convictions/Disqualifications-s. 322.61, F.S.

  • Persons convicted of driving a commercial motor vehicle with a blood alcohol level of .04 or above: driving a motor vehicle while he or she is under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance or refusing to submit to a test to determine the alcohol concentration while driving a commercial motor vehicle, driving a commercial motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or controlled substance, or driving a commercial motor vehicle while in possession of a controlled substance shall be disqualified from operating a commercial motor vehicle for a period of 1 year. This is in addition to any provisions of s. 316.193 for DUI convictions.
  • Second or subsequent conviction of any of the above offenses arising out of separate incidents will result in a permanent disqualification from operating a commercial motor vehicle.

There are no provisions for persons disqualified from operating a commercial motor vehicle to obtain a hardship (business or employment) license to operate a commercial motor vehicle

 

 

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