An Officer observed a Driver weaving in and out of lanes and crossing the white line into oncoming traffic on five separate occasions. The Driver stopped at a green light, and the Officer initiated a traffic stop. The Driver allegedly told the Officer that he had three glasses of wine and responded, “I can’t do that sober,” after hearing the sobriety test instructions. The Deputy reported that the Driver failed both the one-legged stand test and the walk and turn test. The Driver was taken into custody where he refused to submit to a blood alcohol content sample. The Driver faced charges of DUI (Driving Under the Influence) and Refusal to Sign Citation.
Refusal to Sign Citation
If you refuse to sign a citation in Florida when the offense is a criminal traffic offense or civil traffic offense that requires one to appear in court, then you will be given a second-degree misdemeanor. Examples of these include DUI, reckless driving, knowingly driving on a suspended license, speeding 30 miles over the speed limit, and accidents that have serious bodily injury.
Penalties for refusal to sign a citation include jail time, probation, and fines. Many are confused with the signature section. They feel if they sign the citation, they are agreeing that they are guilty and have committed the traffic offense. However, if you sign the citation, you are merely agreeing that you will take care of the matter or appear in court if needed.
To take care of the citation, you have different choices. You can pay for the ticket and go on with your life as normal (this option will result in points being added to your license). Or you may choose to pay for the ticket and go to traffic school to offset the points added to your license. Or you can decide to fight the ticket. Many attorneys will agree that fighting the ticket is the best option.
Musca Law Firm
If you have been pulled over for DUI, a skilled criminal defense attorney can help you fight this charge. We at Musca Law Firm have successfully won many cases after negotiations were done with the prosecution. Our firm develops strategic defenses for all our clients, and our lawyers are not afraid to be aggressive in our litigation style. We look at all of the details of the case and expose any weak points in the prosecution’s side.
Our firm offers a free consultation that is completely confidential. With a team of attorneys who have over 150 years of combined legal experience, a firm that answers every phone call 24 hours a day, and offices located in various cities across the state of Florida for your convenience, you know that you are making the right choice when hiring Musca Law Firm to assist you in fighting your DUI charges. Don’t hesitate to call us today at (888) 484-5057 to speak with one of our experienced attorneys!
RESULT: The Musca Law Defense Attorney brought the DUI case before a jury trial. The Defense strategically proved to the jury that the Officer performed a bad DUI investigation, which effectively cast doubt on the information presented by the Prosecution. The Defense Attorney proved to the Court that the case against the Client lacked sufficient evidence to receive a conviction, and the jury demonstrated their agreement by finding the Client NOT GUILTY.