Being pulled over and charged with DUI is a scary experience. It can be hard to know what step to take first, but with the right legal advice you will be able to make decisions that make sense. One of the first things you need to know is that a DUI is a two part proceeding, there is the criminal case against you as well as an administrative proceeding that deals with the loss of your driver’s license. In order to effectively defend a DUI charge, you have to act fast and take action in both parts of the case. You only have ten days to seek administrative review of your license suspension, and sometimes the information gathered at this hearing is helpful in the criminal portion of your case. If you have talked with an attorney who is unable to represent you in both phases of the case, it is time to seek a second opinion.
Three questions to ask about a DUI in Florida are:
- How much will I have to pay in fines and what is the possibility that I will spend any time in jail? It is important to know what to expect, and helps you to prepare yourself for what lies ahead when you know possible outcomes. Most DUI cases do not end with a jail sentence, especially for first time offenders. But every case is different, and your attorney should be able to tell you the likelihood that your freedom will be taken away.
- What type of driving privileges will you be able to maintain? At the administrative hearing regarding your license suspension, you have the right to ask for a modified license. This type of provisional license is granted in the majority of cases, and knowing that you will still be able to drive under a limited set of circumstances will help you to plan your daily activities.
- Possible probationary terms should be explained to you, which include the length of time you will likely be put on probation and what the requirements will be during that time. For most first time DUI cases there is a requirement that an interlock be installed in the defendant’s car, and that the defendant attend driving school. Planning for these things takes time and money, so knowing up front what to expect is helpful.
Our team of DUI defense attorneys will explain all of these things, and more. Call us today for help with your case.
If you have questions about DUI cases, 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.