If This is Your First DUI, You May Be in Luck

If you were arrested for DUI in Palm Beach County Florida and this is your first DUI, there may be some good news for you if your breath or blood-alcohol level was less than .15 (.08 is the legal limit in Florida). If your level was less than .15, then you may be able to plead guilty to the charge of reckless driving and avoid having a DUI on your record. You will still have to do many of the same things that people who are found guilty of DUI have to do--things such as go to DUI school, do community service, and attend drunk-driving classes. But when everything is said and done, your driving record will show that you were convicted of reckless driving rather than DUI.

If you were arrested for DUI and this is your first DUI, but your breath or blood-alcohol level was between .15 and .20, or if you refused to blow into the breath-testing machine, you may still be able to plead guilty to reckless driving, but you will have to do some things that the people described above do not have to do. Things such as 75 hours of community service rather than 50 hours. And having an ignition interlock device on your car for 6 months rather than for 3 months. But, as I said before, when everything is said and done, your driving record will show that you were convicted of reckless driving rather than DUI.

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