It is common knowledge that if you are arrested and face a criminal charge, there will be consequences. But the punishment for criminal violations vary from case to case, depending on the type of charges filed against you. For a DUI case you can expect to have to fight for your freedom, and also for your right to drive. But, there are other possibilities, and it is helpful to know what you are facing so you can make informed decisions about how to defend your case.
Five of the most common DUI penalties, when the driver is a first time offender, are as follows:
- Payment of a fine that can be as high as $2,000.The amount varies because people have different levels of alcohol in their blood (the BAC), and the fine is sometimes tied… Continue reading
DUI cases are two part cases; the first part is the criminal action against you, and the second part is an administrative proceeding regarding loss of your driver’s license. A successful outcome requires you to defend both parts, which requires a skilled DUI defense attorney. In order to get a good outcome, you need to move quickly and call an attorney right away. This is partly because if you want to get your license back, or at least get a limited license; you have to make a request for administrative review within ten days of the arrest. If you let this deadline pass, you will not be eligible for a limited license. Acting fast is also necessary because you are facing potential jail time, and large fines. The sooner you start talking over the facts of your case with a qualified attorney, the sooner you… Continue reading
A DUI is a serious matter with serious consequences. You can lose your driver’s license, go to jail, and pay hefty fines. The loss of your driver’s license is automatic upon arrest, but can be fought. In most cases, especially first time offender cases, you can obtain a limited license and allowed to drive for limited purposes. But to get that type of license you have to act fast, because there is a short time period for asking for a limited license and if you miss it, you miss out on the opportunity. There are other things you will need to do if you are arrested for DUI, and doing these things can set the stage for a successful case.
Four things to do if you are arrested for DUI include the following:
- Stay calm, which will help you to think things through before… Continue reading
The requirement to have an interlock device installed in your car if you get a DUI has historically been reserved for cases where the BAC was significantly higher than the 0.08% limit (at .15%) or if the driver was transporting a minor child at the time of DUI arrest. However, there have been pushes for changes to these requirements, and that movement seems to be gaining ground. A recent proposal to make the interlock requirement apply to all first time DUI offenders, even those who do not have a BAC as high as .15% and/or are not driving with a minor in the car, has passed its first hurdle in the State Legislature. If the initiative continues forward, there could be changes coming to the rules that apply to when an interlock is… Continue reading
The breath test is the most common way police officers make a determination that a driver has had more to drink than is legally allowed before operating a vehicle. Once an officer observes a driving pattern that is indicative of drunk driving, the car can be pulled over the drive questioned. If the questioning leads the officer to believe the driver has had too much to drink, he or she can ask the driver to submit to a breath test. When the breath test results show an alcohol concentration in the driver’s system of 0.08% or more, a ticket and arrest for DUI can be written. This type of scenario makes it critical for every driver on Florida roadways to know a few things about how breath tests work, and what types of things… Continue reading
Unless you have a background in science you might be intimidated when trying to challenge the result of a scientific test. The methodology used and the scientific terms are often times difficult for the layperson to understand, let alone question. So if you have been charged with DUI after having “failed” a breath test, you might be thinking that there is little hope for a good defense. But the truth is breath tests are not as reliable as an arresting officer might have you believe, and successful challenges to the test results can be made in a large majority of cases.
Four common challenges to breath tests in DUI cases that just might work for your case include:
- Challenging the maintenance of the equipment. The equipment used to test the level of alcohol in your system has to be maintained a certain… Continue reading
Being arrested for DUI means a lot of things, and not many of them are fun. But it does happen, and it happens more than you might think. So, if you have been charged with DUI the best thing you can do is take a deep breath and being to prepare your defense. Preparation should start with contacting an experienced DUI defense attorney, and explaining what happened before, during and after the arrest. The facts you are able to relay to your attorney can help you establish a solid defense, and might just save you a trip to the jail house or loss of your driving privileges.
Five possible penalties when you are convicted for DUI are:
- An increase in your insurance rates. Money is tight for most everyone these days, so if you have… Continue reading
Being arrested for DUI is confusing, scary, and can leave you wondering what to do next. The steps you take in the days after your arrest can help to shape your defense, so it is important to know some basics. The first thing you need to do, and this happens the day of arrest, is to bond out of jail and make arrangements to get your car back if it has been impounded. After that, take a breath and a moment to gather your thoughts, so you will be ready to help with the defense of your case. While a qualified DUI defense attorney will handle the legal aspects of your defense, your input is vital to a successful outcome.
The first five days after a DUI arrest should be spent doing the following things:
- Day one: call an attorney and make an appointment to… Continue reading
Being arrested for DUI can result in loss of your license, and if convicted you might also face time in jail. These are serious consequences, which deserve a serious defense. The right type of defense strategy can minimize the range of punishment, and even keep you behind the wheel of your car. In order to present the right type of defense strategy, you have to take into account any special or unique facts in your case, and also use an experienced DUI defense attorney. While the matter should not be taken lightly, it is possible to get a good result as long as you are diligent and give your case the attention it needs
One thing every case needs is to pinpoint a strategy that effectively challenges the issues in the case. Four good ways to do this, and to fight a DUI are:
- To… Continue reading
Being charged with DUI is a serious matter, but your life does not have to change drastically as you work through the case. This is especially true if you are a first time offender, where the punishment is less severe than in cases of subsequent charges. That said, even second or third time offenders can get a satisfactory outcome to their case if they have the right defense attorney on their side. Our goal is to keep your costs low, keep you driving, and keep you out of jail.
Anytime the possibility of going to jail is on the table, it is smart to explore your options. The most popular way to stay out of jail when you have been charged with a DUI is to agree to go on probation. The State typically offers some sort of probationary term to first time offenders, and… Continue reading