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Four Things To Think About If You Have Been Arrested For DUI

Being prepared for life’s upcoming events helps to put you at ease, and allows you to tackle your daily routine with confidence. But if part of what you have to deal with involves going to Court, or fighting to keep your driver’s license safe, the need to know what to expect becomes even greater. To find information about what goes on in Court, you can turn to a few sources. The internet is always full of advice, as are your friends and family. But if you want to get the real story, it is always best to go to a trusted legal professional. Our office helps people fight DUI’s and other criminal charges, and can give you the information you need to make decisions that work for you.

Four things to think about, and that will play vital roles in the defense of your case, if you have been arrested for DUI are:

  • Most DUI arrests are made after a driver is asked to submit to a breath test and that test shows a blood alcohol content over the legal limit. Many people accept the breath test results at face value, but the truth is there are several challenges you can make regarding the reliability of the test itself, and thus whether the results are valid.
  • When you get arrested for DUI you will have your license taken away from you. But, this does not mean that you cannot drive, you just have to do a little work to maintain driving privileges. You have ten days after the date of arrest to ask that the revocation of your driving privileges be administratively reviewed. We can make that request for you, so you are sure not to overlook the short ten day deadline.
  • You will have to go to Court at least once, and this can be scary for a lot of people. But we will go over what to expect in Court with you, so you are comfortable with the procedure.
  • If you enter a plea to resolve your case, you will probably be required to go on probation. The terms of your probation depend on what is negotiated on your behalf, and in order to get the benefit of the bargain you make when negotiating probation you will be required to follow certain rules. If you make a mistake, your probation can be revoked. Our job is to make sure you fully understand the rules and regulations imposed upon you during probation, and help you to be successful.

If you have questions about DUI defense, we have answers. We will help explain the process to you, so you will know what to expect when you go to Court or when making a decision about how to best resolve your case.

For help with questions about DUI defense, call our office to speak with a qualified criminal defense attorney. We help people charged with all sorts of crimes in Stuart and the Treasure Coast. Call today to schedule an appointment.

Five DUI FAQ’s, And What You Need To Know Now

If you are arrested for DUI you need to act fast to preserve your right to drive and to minimize the impact the criminal case has on your life. This includes calling a skilled DUI defense attorney for help right away; because the clock starts ticking the minute you are given a DUI ticket. While every case is unique, there are some things that every DUI defendant should do as their first few steps, these are explained below.

Five of the most frequently asked questions about DUI cases, and what you need to know now include:

  • Will I lose my license? When you are arrested for DUI your driver’s license is taken, and you are given a paper license to use temporarily…very temporarily. In order to have your driving privileges reinstated in full or in part, you have to make a written request for administrative review of the revocation within ten days of arrest. Failure to make the request will result in loss of your license for a period of time.
  • Will I have to have an interlock device installed in my car? This is a common requirement of probation, for many first time offenders. Whether you will have to have one depends on the terms of your probation, and the negotiations leading up to those terms.
  • Is the breath test result reliable? No! Challenging the breath test results should be a top priority for all DUI defendants, because there are instances where the results are wrong. Many factors play into whether the result in your case is reliable, and it takes a full investigation into the particular facts of your case to make this determination.
  • Will I be fired for getting a DUI? Your employer should not fire you for being arrested for DUI, but that does not mean it has not happened. One thing to look for here is whether your job duties require you to drive, and if so the status of your license given the fact you have received a DUI. We understand the need to continue working, and can address this issue with you in more detail during an in office visit.
  • Will I have to go to jail? Most first time offenders are able to escape a jail sentence, but that does not mean it is not possible. In order to protect your freedoms, put us to work for you today.

A DUI can have serious consequences, but it is not the end of the world. We have helped other people in this situation before, and have the experience and know-how to help you too. Call us today for more information.

If you have questions about DUI defense, call our office for answers. Call an experienced criminal defense attorney in Stuart and the Treasure Coast. Your first visit is a free initial consultation.

 

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Three Things To Know About Your DUI Defense Attorney

It might seem easy enough to find an attorney to help you when you need, because all you have to do is enter some key terms into a search engine, right? While that method will certainly get you a lot of “hits”, it takes a little more digging to make sure the attorney you put your trust in is the right attorney for the job. Referrals from friends and family members are always helpful, but doing some checking of your own will help to satisfy your personal concerns and give you the peace of mind needed when faced with a legal issue. This is especially true if the legal issue you face is of the criminal nature, because your independence can be put at risk.

Three things to know about your defense attorney and in particular a DUI defense attorney are:

  • The level of experience: we understand that everyone gets their start at some time, but when your freedom is on the line it is best to use an attorney that has experience in the area of law your case involves. Just like it would not make sense to go see a hairdresser for a problem with your car, it does not make sense to have a patent lawyer handle your criminal defense. It is perfectly acceptable to ask your attorney how many cases of your type of case they have handled, and how long they have been practicing in this area of law. Doing so will give you the information you need to decide if you are comfortable with the advice given.
  • Providing updates: when you let someone else handle an important aspect of your life, you want to know the outcome. It is essential that your attorney communicate status updates to you, and makes sure you are informed of all required court appearances and other appointments. You must be given the information you need to do your part, and regular updates from your attorney is the way to get this information.
  • Feeling comfortable: unless you are comfortable with your attorney, you will not be inclined to give him vital pieces of evidence about your case. Take the time to sit down and talk with an attorney before handing over your case, a face to face meeting will help you to become comfortable trusting someone with your case.

If you or a loved one has been charged with DUI, call us to make an appointment. We will listen to your concerns, and give you the answers you need to make a decision about how to proceed. We have experience in DUI defense, and look forward to putting that experience to work for you.

 

For more information about subsequent DUI cases, call us. Contact our office 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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