Take Action to Prevent the Serious Consequences of a Key West DUI While Driving on a Suspended License 

If you are convicted of drunk driving while driving with a suspended license, you could face felony charges, jail time, significant fines, and an extension of your license suspension.

However, a DUI arrest is not the same as a DUI conviction. The actions you take after a drunk driving arrest matter. It’s essential to contact an experienced Key West DUI defense lawyer as soon as possible to discuss your legal options and potential defenses.

The Penalties and Consequences You May Face For A Key West DUI

First, let’s consider what would happen if you were arrested for driving on a suspended license and not intoxicated. Without a DUI charge, you could face:

  • 60 days in jail and a $500 fine for a first offense
  • One year in jail for a second offense
  • Five years in prison and a $5,000 fine for subsequent offenses

The DUI Charge Makes the Potential Penalties Worse

Depending on the circumstances of your case, felony charges are possible, and you could face a sentence that includes:

  • Loss of your license for up to 10 years without the possibility of getting a hardship license
  • Significant fines
  • Years in prison
  • A permanent criminal record that impacts reputation, ability to work, and other fundamental aspects of your life

Possible Defenses in a Key West DUI Suspended License Case

You may feel like the penalties described above are inevitable after your arrest, but that is not the case. You are innocent until proven guilty, even if you are accused of driving on a suspended license. Accordingly, our experienced Key West DUI defense lawyers will consider all possible defenses. Depending on the circumstances of your case, possible drunk driving defenses may include:

  • A violation of your constitutional rights occurred. We will analyze the legality of the traffic stop, breathalyzer test, and arrest procedures to identify any violations of your rights.
  • Challenging the results of your blood alcohol content (BAC) tests. Chemical tests, such as breathalyzers and blood tests, are not always reliable. Factors like improper calibration, lack of maintenance records, or errors in how the tests were administered can raise reasonable doubts about the accuracy of the test results.
  • Lack of knowledge. You may not have been aware that your license was suspended or revoked. If this is true, you may still face the consequences of a drunk driving conviction, but the penalties may be less since you did not know about the license suspension.

Don’t Delay: Contact a Key West DUI Defense Lawyer Now

As you consider your potential defenses, it’s essential to contact a Key West DUI defense attorney at The Law Offices of Robert David Malove. Our attorneys can:

  • Investigate your claim
  • Consider and raise all viable defenses
  • Negotiate with prosecutors to potentially reduce charges or penalties
  • Represent you in court and advocate for the best outcome
  • Guide you through the complex legal process 

Our lawyers have experience with complicated DUI cases. One of our clients, an active duty military officer, faced numerous charges, including drunk driving on a suspended license. He left a detailed review of our services, which read in part, “…Looking back at the list of offenses with which I was charged, it is evident that my case was an uphill battle from the start: Driving under the influence of alcohol (facing my third offense); Careless driving; Driving with a suspended license; Leaving the scene of an accident; Violation of probation. Without hesitation, you offered me your assistance and immediately set about doing everything possible to achieve a positive outcome for me. Thanks to you, each of the charges against me was dismissed, and my probation was terminated successfully.” You can read this client’s full review here.

While every case is unique, we treat all of our cases with the same level of care and pay the same attention to detail.