Being charged with DUI is a serious matter, but your life does not have to change drastically as you work through the case. This is especially true if you are a first time offender, where the punishment is less severe than in cases of subsequent charges. That said, even second or third time offenders can get a satisfactory outcome to their case if they have the right defense attorney on their side. Our goal is to keep your costs low, keep you driving, and keep you out of jail.
Anytime the possibility of going to jail is on the table, it is smart to explore your options. The most popular way to stay out of jail when you have been charged with a DUI is to agree to go on probation. The State typically offers some sort of probationary term to first time offenders, and here are two things you may experience if you take this alternative form of punishment:
- Attending an alcohol and/or drug rehabilitation program. This is a popular probationary term for DUI cases, and requires you to attend all scheduled classes and obtain a certificate of completion. The certificate will need to be presented to the prosecuting attorney as proof that you have successfully complied with this requirement of your probation.
- Having an interlock device installed in your car, which will prevent your car from starting if you have been drinking. There is usually a monthly fee for this device, but it is worth paying to stay out from behind bars.
There are other options available to you, to stay out of jail while still serving a DUI sentence, but the specifics depend on the facts of your case. Every case is unique, and we offer individualized attention to your matter. Giving your case the attention it requires helps to pinpoint areas of strength and weakness, and gives you confidence that every avenue has been explored. For more information about first or second time DUI offenses, and what you can do to stay out of jail, call our office. We will explain the process to you, so you have a clear understanding of your options.
For help with a DUI, contact our office for help. Call us today schedule an appointment with n qualified criminal defense attorney in Stuart and the Treasure Coast. The first visit is a free initial consultation.