Out-of-State DUI

South Florida Tourist DUI Lawyers

Driving under the influence (DUI) is against the law in all 50 states, and tourists or other visitors can find themselves being arrested for allegedly drunk driving while in Florida. However, the aftermath of such an arrest can be extraordinarily more complicated for a person who does not live in the Sunshine State than for a resident.

Some people immediately fear having to book multiple return flights and miss countless days of work for court appearances. Other people mistakenly assume that what happens in Florida will not follow them back home, but this could not be further from the truth.

Palm Beach County Out-of-State DUI Lawyer

If you were charged with DUI in South Florida but live in another state, it could be in your best interest to be represented by legal counsel who handles these types of cases in Miami-Dade County, Palm Beach County, and Broward County.

The out-of-state DUI attorneys at Meltzer & Bell, P.A. help clients who are not Florida residents achieve the most favorable outcomes to their drunk driving cases without making unnecessary and costly trips. Let our firm evaluate your case by calling (561) 557-8686 right now to set up a free, confidential consultation.

Florida Out-of-State DUI Information Center

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Out-of-State DUI Charges in Fort Lauderdale

Even if a person has never been charged with drunk driving before, he or she can face some very strict penalties if convicted of DUI in Florida. For a first offense, an alleged offender could be sentenced to any combination of the following:

  • Up to six months in jail
  • Fine of up to $1,000
  • Completion of DUI program
  • Community service
  • Vehicle impoundment or immobilization
  • Driver's license revoked for six months

These punishments can much more severe if an alleged offender had a blood alcohol level (BAL) higher than 0.15, a minor was a passenger in the vehicle, or he or she has any previous convictions for DUI.

It is important to keep in mind that a DUI charge in Florida does not just disappear. Florida is a member state of both the National Driver Register (NDR) and the Driver License Compact. The NDR is a database of information about drivers, including DUI violations. The Driver License Compact is an interstate compact that allows states to exchange information traffic violations of non-residents (such as DUI arrests) and forward them to the state where drivers are licensed.

States are required to report DUI convictions to home states, and all states are required to check the NDR when a driver renews his or her license. The NDR and the Driver License Compact can essentially mean that a motorist may face criminal charges in his or her home state as well as Florida.

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Popular Visitor Locations in Palm Beach County

Whether its bars or nightclubs, South Florida is world-renowned for its nightlife. This makes it understandable that many tourists partake in evenings involving alcoholic beverages while they are on vacation.

There are several notable attractions in the area that are hot spots for visitors. A few examples include:

Broward County

Miami-Dade County

Palm Beach County

Aruba Beach Café
Bahia Cabana
Beach Place
Bull Market
The Dive Bar
Elbo Room
Greenbrier Restaurant & Bar
Kreepy Tiki Bar & Lounge
Mai-Kai Restaurant
Tap 42

Ball & Chain
Brick House
Blackbird Ordinary
Finka Table & Tap
Haven Lounge
Lou's Beer Garden
Mac's Club Deuce
The Rum Line

The Backyard
The Blue Anchor Pub
Boston's On The Beach
E.R. Bradley's Saloon
Old Key Lime House
Panama Hatties
Roxy’s Pub
Square Grouper Tiki Bar
Sweetwater Bar and Grill

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Possible Florida Outcomes for Out-of-State DUI Cases

With legal representation in Florida, an alleged offender can avoid making in-person court appearance by having his or her lawyer file court documents. An attorney can file waivers that allow enter pleas on behalf of the alleged offender or allow the lawyer to act on behalf of the client.

Many of these cases can be effectively resolved without the need for a trial. A few of the more common case resolutions include:

  • Diversion Programs — First-time offenders may be eligible for diversion programs that allow them to avoid jail time or other consequences by agreeing to other sanctions such as community service or participation in other programs. The charges may be dropped later and possibly expunged, but individuals in certain professions should make sure there are no additional consequences for their careers.
  • Plea Bargain — If an attorney is able to negotiate reduced charges, the alleged offender could enter a "plea in absentia" to a lesser offense. In some cases, this may allow an alleged offender to avoid a conviction if the prosecutor withholds adjudication.
  • Charges Dismissed — In cases in which alleged offenders are unlawfully stopped or arrested, a lawyer may be able to convince the prosecutor to drop the charges. This can also be true if the attorney effectively argues there is a lack of evidence.

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Meltzer & Bell, P.A. | An Out-of-State DUI Lawyer in Fort Lauderdale

Were you arrested for DUI in South Florida but live in another state? Working with legal representation based in the Sunshine State can minimize the stress and penalties you face in Florida as well as your home state.

Meltzer & Bell, P.A. fights on behalf of people who were charged with drunk driving in cities such as Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, and many other communities in Palm Beach County, Broward County, and Miami-Dade County. We will discuss your case with you and evaluate your legal options when you call (561) 557-8686 today to for a free consultation.

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