If you have been arrested for DUI you probably have a lot of unanswered questions. It is normal to wonder what to expect during a legal matter, because most people do not spend their days in Court. And when the case in question could result in you spending time in jail, you will want to get answers to your questions as soon as possible. We have experience defending people accused of crimes, and can help get you the information you need to make decisions that make sense for your defense.
For DUI cases, there are some frequently asked questions; and they include the following five:
- What is the legal limit? The legal limit for DUI in Florida is 0.08%. What this means is that if you have more than that amount of alcohol in your bloodstream, you are considered legally intoxicated. If you are driving when this determination is made, you can be charged with DUI.
- How is my legal limit determined? The most usual method for determining a person’s blood alcohol content is by giving them a breath test at the traffic stop.
- Are breath test results always reliable? No! This is one of the most important lessons to learn about DUI defense, the breath test results can and should be challenged. There are many factors that can lead to an invalid breath test result, a and it is important to take steps to identify if any of these factors are present in your case because if so, you can challenge the entire charge against you.
- Will my driver’s license be taken away? The answer is yes, but there is more to know. You can ask for the revocation of your license to be reviewed, and for full driving privileges to be reinstated. In most cases a limited right to drive will be granted for the term of your case. Upon completion, you will be given back full privileges. The catch here is to make sure you ask for this review timely, you only have ten days after the date of arrest to seek review. If you do not seek review within that time, your driver’s license will not be modified for even limited driving rights.
- Can I go on probation instead of going to jail? Yes, and most cases are resolved in this fashion. The probationary terms vary from case to case, and must be followed in every instance if you want to receive the benefit of staying out of jail.
The particular facts of your DUI case could mean you have questions that do not appear on the list above. That’s OK, every case is different. We can give you the answers you need. Call us today to learn more.
If you been arrested for DUI, contact an experienced criminal defense attorney in Stuart and the Treasure Coast for answers. Your first visit is a free consultation and we work with you to reach results that fit your needs.