Jacksonville and Northeast Florida (known as "Florida's First Coast") is becoming an increasingly popular place for young people to visit during spring break, according to Jacksonville Magazine. With average airfare to Jacksonville coming in at $293 and average daily rates for hotels at $106, Jacksonville presents an attractive and affordable option for college students and for young adults, especially for those who prefer to skip the really crazy party atmosphere that is so prevalent at places like Daytona Beach and Panama City.
While Jacksonville may not be known for being quite as much of a party destination as certain other places throughout Florida, there are still plenty of fun things to do here. There is also still plenty of alcohol to be consumed by college students and young adults who want to drink while they enjoy their vacation from school and work.
Unfortunately, sometimes harmless spring break fun like consuming a few drinks can take an unpleasant turn if you are arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol. Our law firm, Aguilar & Sieron, P.A., routinely represents college students whose spring break is ruined by being charged with DUI and other alcohol-related crimes.
Simply being arrested for DUI will impact a young person's life in a profound way, but a conviction is even worse, even if the conviction is the first one for you.
While any young person accused of a DUI faces serious legal trouble, the situation is worse in some ways for those who are visiting Jacksonville when they get arrested. Some of the issues that could cause problems for a visitor to Jacksonville who gets arrested for DUI:
- A DUI arrest means that you could face the suspension of your driver's license. Don't assume this isn't a problem if you live outside of Florida, as many spring breakers do. Although your DUI occurs in Florida and you don't have a Florida license if you don't live in the state, the suspension follows you and you will temporarily lose the right to drive in the location where you do live.
- A drunk driving arrest means having to return to Jacksonville to cope with criminal proceedings. If you don't live locally, it can be hard to deal with having to return to Jacksonville to go to court and face trial on DUI charges. By retaining Aguilar & Sieron, P.A. you will minimize the number of times that you have to travel to Jacksonville because Florida law allows us to appear in court on your behalf.
These are just some of the many ways that a DUI can cause you problems. An attorney can help you to minimize and mitigate some of the major consequences that an arrest could have. The goal will be help you avoid the serious consequences of a first offense DUI on spring break so you can move on with your life without worry about a criminal background.