justice scalesThe law of driving while under the influence is certainly changing. With statistics showing more and more accidents being caused by texting and driving, that may be the next type of “DUI” to surface. But for now, another form of the charge includes more than being under the influence of alcohol. Drugs, whether prescription or not, are substances that can lead to a charge of DUI.

A Florida Judge learned this lesson when she was arrested a few months ago on charges of DUI. The catch? The substance was Xanax. The case has now reached a conclusion:

● Judge Lynn Rosenthal of Broward County was arrested two months ago on suspicion of DUI.

● Rosenthal attributed her erratic driving to use of Xanax.

● The Judge has now entered a plea to the charge of reckless driving.

Pleas are a common way to resolve a DUI case. In some instances if you agree to plea to a lesser charge, like reckless driving, you will be placed on probation and upon successful completion the charges will be dismissed. It takes skillful negotiating and persuasion to reach agreements with the prosecution that are satisfactory. The prosecution’s interest is in obtaining convictions, but when a bargain makes sense for the facts of the case you can resolve your matter by entering a plea and keeping your nose clean. The attorneys at our office have years of experience negotiating cases as well as trying cases and develop solutions that fit your case and needs.

If you have been arrested for DUI, contact an experienced criminal defense attorney in Stuart and the Treasure Coast. We offer a free initial consultation and create a defense strategy tailored to your individual case.