DUI Attorneys Palm Beach and Broward County
A person arrested for a DUI often has little or no criminal record, and in many cases the driver arrested simply made a mistake. People make mistakes, but mistakes do not have to ruin a person’s life. Other times, the arresting officer was wrong, and the person actually wasn’t drunk or under the influence. DUI convictions carry several minimum mandatory penalties, and adjudication cannot be withheld. This means that any person who enters a plea to a DUI charge, or who is found guilty at trial by a judge or jury must be convicted. Convictions make it impossible to have your record expunged. It is imperative for anyone charged with DUI to retain an experienced Palm Beach criminal defense lawyer who is capable of exploiting weaknesses in the prosecutor’s case.
What happens to me if I am convicted for a first-time DUI?
- A person convicted of a first DUI must at minimum:
- Be Placed on Probation for at least 6 months.
- Pay a minimum $500 fine.
- Lose their driving privileges for at least 6 months.
- Impound their vehicle for 10 days.
- Perform 50 hours of community service.
- Attend and listen to the Victim Impact Panel.
- Complete DUI School and follow any recommendations for counseling.
What happens to me if I am convicted for a second-time DUI?
A person convicted of a second DUI must do all of the above. In addition, he or she must spend 10 days in jail if the second DUI arrest occurred within 5 years of the first DUI conviction.
What happens to my license now that I have been arrested?
If you do not take the appropriate action, your license will get suspended 10 days after the arrest. We can help you retain your driving privileges (if you qualify) by making sure you get a hardship license to drive to and from work and school. If you do not act within 10 days, you will lose the ability to drive legally.
Do I have to plead guilty just because I was arrested?
Absolutely not. Always remember that it’s the State of Florida’s burden of proof to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you were driving or in actual physical control of a vehicle, and that you had a breath or blood alcohol level of .08 or higher, or that your normal faculties were impaired. The State is charging you, and it’s their job to prove it.
Do I have a defense to DUI?
This depends on the facts of your case. Each case is different. Many times, the government is simply unable to meet their burden of proof at trial. This results in a not guilty verdict and a dismissal of the charges. Again, each case is different and it’s the DUI attorney’s job to accurately assess the strengths and weaknesses of his client’s case.
Can my DUI get reduced to reckless driving?
This again depends on the facts of your case. We can tell you whether or not you would be eligible, but ultimately that decision is made by the state attorney.
If you have been arrested for DUI in Palm Beach County or Broward County, call our office at (561)588-2781 for a free consultation.