The thought of having to spend any amount of time behind bars is frightening. So for most people charged with a crime that has this possibility, the main objective is to resolve the case without going to jail. There are a couple of ways to achieve this result, and how you go about staying out of jail depends on the type of case against you and the specific facts of your case. For a DUI case it is important to fight the criminal charge that might land you in jail, but to also take steps to keep your right to drive. If you are able to achieve these two things, you will have a successful DUI defense.
All DUI cases in Florida carry the possibility that there will be jail time to serve. This is true even if this is your first offense, and this fact makes it critical to seek skilled representation for your defense. An effective DUI defense attorney will be able to look at the facts of your case and use those facts to your advantage when trying to keep you out of jail. For example, if your BAC was just at the legal limit, this fact should prove beneficial when talking with the prosecutor. However, if your BAC was well over the limit, this fact may not be the strongest piece of evidence in your case. Once the facts are thoroughly examined, your attorney will make an argument that is best for you, and seek alternatives to going to jail as part of your punishment. Three possible alternatives include:
- Agreeing to a term of probation, which includes the requirement that you not receive any tickets or commit any new crimes while on probation, and you may also be required to have an interlock device installed in your car.
- Signing up for driving school, and presenting the Court with a satisfactory completion certificate.
- Attending drug and/or alcohol school.
If you are able to do one of the above three things, you will be able to avoid jail time. The key is to stay on track, and do the things that are asked of you until your case is finalized. We have experience defending DUI cases, and are familiar with common deals offered by the prosecution. Call us today to learn more.
For answers to questions about DUI cases, call an experienced criminal defense attorney today. Skilled criminal defense attorneys in Stuart and the Treasure Coast are here to help you reach workable solutions. Your first visit is a free initial consultation.