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Melbourne DUI Lawyer

A Broader Perspective.

Ronald Ecker works closely with clients to understand and resolve their issues, taking the time to listen to and understand each client's unique situation, and explain the available options.

When facing criminal charges there are many options that can reduce or eliminate a conviction.

Melbourne DUI Lawyer

Florida DUI Laws and Penalties

Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is illegal in all 50 states. Laws and penalties vary from state to state. Some states may refer to a drunk driving related offense as DUI (Driving Under the Influence), DWI (Driving While Intoxicated) OVI (Operating Vehicle Impaired), or OWI (Operating While Intoxicated) but these all refer to the same offense.

An individual suspected of operating a motor vehicle impaired may initially be subjected to a field sobriety test (FST). This is a quick exercise for the driver which is used to determine whether or not they are intoxicated. The police officer may ask the individual to follow a pen with their eyes, recite the alphabet, tip their head back and touch their nose, or walk in a straight line heal to toe. These tasks are difficult to perform for an individual under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

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If an officer suspects a person is intoxicated he may subject the driver to a Breathalyzer test on the scene

If the officer suspects a person is intoxicated after performing a field sobriety test he may subject the driver to a Breathalyzer test on the scene or he may escort the individual to the police station for a blood or urine test to determine the percentage of alcohol in their blood stream. All that is required in Florida, for a person over the age of 21, to be charged with a drunk driving related offense is a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) over the legal limit of .08%. The majority of states have now passed laws which allow the arresting office to revoke the license of drivers who fail or refuse to take a breath test. These laws are referred to as Administrative License Revocation (ALR). All states have adopted zero tolerance polices which prohibit drivers under 21 from having any measurable amount of alcohol in their blood system.

The consequences of drunken driving offenses differ drastically from state to state and are influenced by the driver’s age, BAC, previous DUI convictions, and whether injury or death occurred during the incident.

Hiring an Experienced DUI Lawyer Matters

The penalties of DUI offenses vary from state to state. A(n) DUI lawyer in Florida will be able to explain these variations which include (1) harsher punishments for those arrested with BAC limits over .08, (2) special laws for underage drivers arrested for DUI, (3) possible community service or plea bargaining, (4) overlapping jurisdiction of Courts and your state's motor vehicle licensing department to suspend or revoke your license (5) contingent license programs that allow you to use your vehicle to get to and from work.

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A DUI lawyer can manage the criminal process.

A DUI lawyer can manage the criminal process completing the required forms; making phone calls; scheduling and/or representing an individual at a Motor Vehicle Department suspension hearing, and making other necessary arrangements.

Only an experienced DUI lawyer will be able to explain the intricacies of DUI laws in Florida to determine the best resolution to each individual case. And they may be able to obtain a lesser sentence for you if your situation and state law allows for it.

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Attorney Ronald L. Ecker II

Attorney Ronald L. Ecker II

Areas of Practice

  • Criminal Law
  • DUI/DWI
  • Traffic Violations
  • White Collar Crimes
  • Drug Crimes
  • Sex Crimes

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Board Certified Criminal Trial Attorney

Bar Admissions

  • Florida, 1997

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • NACDL (National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers), Member
  • FACDL (Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers), President, Brevard County Chapter; Board of Directors
We proudly serve residents of Brevard County and surrounding areas.