For most people, getting a DUI is the only time they’ve been in “trouble with the law” in their life. And the fact that being pulled over and arrested for DUI is your only experience with law enforcement can be intimidating. The entire incident can be confusing and hard to believe, leaving the driver unable to figure out what to do next or who to ask for help. But having good help is the key to getting a good result out of your case, and so is having some knowledge about how the DUI system works. When you arm yourself with knowledge, you are better able to make choices that make sense, and a good DUI defense attorney is your first line of attack in gaining that knowledge.
Three things to know about how a DUI case works can best be summed up in the following:
- A case is initiated when you are stopped for some other moving violation, like speeding or weaving in and out of traffic. Those types of driving patterns usually lead an officer to believe the driver is intoxicated, and a traffic stop will be made for the traffic violation. During the stop, the officer can ask that you take a breath test and if the result shows the level of alcohol in your system is over the legal limit, you will be arrested and charged with DUI.
- When you are arrested for DUI your license is taken away from you, but you can request its return or at least the granting of a limited right to drive. You have to do this within ten days of arrest though, or you lose your shot. This part of the DUI case is administrative, and deals only with your license revocation.
- The other part of your case is the criminal part, which is the charge of DUI. Many times this portion of the case can be resolved by negotiating agreeable probationary terms. However, you do have the option of trying your case and allowing the Court to sentence you.
Deciding what type of defense you will use, and what choices you will make in your case are up to you. But it is best to talk over the options with a skilled attorney, so you fully understand what lies ahead. We will walk you through the process and help you decide what is right for you.
For questions about DUI cases, call us to schedule an appointment. Let one of our experienced criminal defense attorneys in Stuart and the Treasure Coast to help you with your case. Your first visit with us is a free initial consultation.