Being arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol and/or drugs in Florida can be a confusing, intimidating, and demanding experience. From having an officer pull you over to the handcuffs wrapping around your wrists, you’ve found yourself in a nightmare that you can’t seem to wake up from. Fortunately, however, there is legal help available to ensure that your rights are effectively and aggressively defended so you can stay out of jail, keep your license, and avoid paying steep fines. If the charges against you aren’t dropped, it is possible that your charges may be reduced to help lower the possible drunk driving penalties you face.
Whether you yourself have been arrested for DUI or you’re helping a loved one or friend, it is extremely important to access as much helpful legal information as possible. Fully understanding your legal rights and how to successfully defend against a DUI is extremely important. At Musca Law, our Florida criminal defense lawyers have years of experience successfully handling criminal hearings and DUI formal administrative review hearings to help our clients keep their driving privileges and save their reputation. We are familiar with the common lapses that take place in arrest procedures as well as breath and chemical testing errors.
Defending a DUI
Unless you’re told otherwise, how are you supposed to know how you can successfully defend against a Florida DUI charge? The majority of people have no clue what their legal rights are, making it likely that they are unfamiliar with how they can properly defend themselves against harsh penalties that could end up costing them their driving privileges, job, career, and personal relationships.
One of the ways in which our lawyers defend the rights of those charged with DUI is to highlight the difference between physical and mental impairment. If the prosecution proves physical impairment, this doesn’t mean you are guilty. Rather, our attorneys may be able to prove that you were not mentally impaired, therefore supporting that the alleged physical impairment resulted from injury or fatigue rather than alcohol.
There is a lot more to a DUI arrest than most people realize that is open to interpretation and a law enforcement officer’s assumptions and perceptions rather than what is actually fact. Police often look at a motorist’s driving pattern, their physical appearance, the results of a chemical test, and field sobriety exercise interpretations. All of these factors can be immediately taken as evidence when what they really mean is debatable.
What You Should Know
The legal hoops that a person charged with DUI in Florida has to jump through can seem unfair and unnecessary the majority of the time, but by knowing the ins and outs of your charges, you can learn how to effectively defend your rights. Some areas of importance for those arrested for drunk driving in Florida include the following:
- Fine Schedule
- Community Service
- Impoundment or Immobilization of Vehicle
- Driver License Revocation Periods
- Commercial Motor Vehicles (CMV) – Alcohol-Related Convictions/Disqualifications
- DUI School Requirements
- Chemical or Physical Test Provisions
- Adjudication and Sentencing
- Administrative Suspension of Persons Under the Age of 21 for Driving With an Alcohol Level .02 or Above
- Administrative Suspension Law
- Administrative Disqualification Law
- Review Hearings For Administrative Suspensions And Disqualifications
Depending on the circumstances surrounding your DUI arrest, you may also be charged with driving while license suspended or revoked, or manslaughter and vehicular homicide. No matter how serious the alleged offense, however, a tenacious Florida DUI defense attorney at Musca Law will know how to combat the charges and preserve your freedom.
Making Your DUI Arrest a Thing of the Past
It may seem easier to give in to the charges being held against you for DUI, but your freedom and reputation are worth the fight. Just because you’re arrested for drunk driving, doesn’t mean that you are guilty. The Florida drunk driving defense lawyers at Musca Law have successfully defended the rights of hundreds of people throughout Florida, lending us the legal experience and resources to stay ahead of the prosecution and defend your good name. For more information about how we can help, call (800) 687-2252 today.
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