A Few DUI Basics

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 will have an idea of what to expect. And, let’s face it, knowing what to expect when your freedom and finances are at stake can offer comfort in an otherwise uncomfortable time.

A few basics about Florida DUI matters involve the following things:

  • When you get arrested for DUI you will have to go to jail for a little bit of time. Release usually happens about 8 hours after you are taken in, and you will need to call a friend or family member to help bond you out of jail. You might also have to take steps to get your car out of impound if it was taken to an impound lot at the arrest scene.
  • You will be given a temporary paper license during the arrest and release process. This is not a license that lets you drive forever, and you do have to take steps to get your license back or to get a modified license. If you are caught driving without a license, and only have the paper license on you, you will face additional charges.
  • Many DUI cases are resolved by the defendant agreeing to go on probation. The terms of probation in your case will be unique to you, but typically involve the requirement that you have an interlock device installed in your car. There is an expense associated with having this device, so you need to be prepared to budget for this expense during your case. You also need to be prepared to abide by the other terms of your probation, because if you do not, your probation can be revoked and you will be in more legal trouble.

If you have been arrested for DUI, act fast to protect your rights. We know what needs to be done, and can handle the matter for you so you can get back to your life.

For more information about DUI cases, call our office today. Contact us today schedule an appointment with an experienced criminal defense attorney in Stuart and the Treasure Coast. The first visit is a free initial consultation.

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