Being charged with Driving Under The Influence (DUI) can be a very serious matter. In some ways the State treats DUI cases more seriously than many felonies. That is why you should hire an attorney who is experienced in DUI litigation. As experienced DUI attorneys we will fight for your best possible outcome. We handle DUI cases throughout Central Florida, including Orange, Osceola, and Seminole Counties.
If your license was suspended when you were arrested for DUI, your lawyer only has 10 days from the date of your arrest to request a hearing to fight your administrative DUI drivers license suspension.
Our Attorneys have handled hundreds of DUI cases. As prosecutors, we were trained in the methods that the police and the prosecutor will use to try to convict you of DUI. We know how they will likely pursue your case and are qualified to identify weaknesses in the government's case. We will put our knowledge and skills to work to defend you at all stages of your DUI case. Contact us today to discuss the specifics of your DUI case at a confidential consultation.
There are many possible outcomes in DUI cases. If convicted, the sentence is strongly guided by your prior history. In Florida, there are minimum sanctions applicable to most DUI convictions. It is possible, however, to avoid conviction. As experienced DUI attorneys we will strive to avoid conviction. If you are convicted, we will strive for the lowest possible sentence in every case. Below are the minimum sanctions for a first-time DUI in Florida.
$500 Fine ($1000 if you blow over .15)
Ignition Interlock Device for 6 Months (only if you blow over .15)
10 day vehicle immobilization
Monthly reporting probation for up to 1 year
Mandatory DUI school and completion of any recommended counseling
50 hours of community service
6 month driver's license suspension
There many ways that we can seek to avoid conviction. The first is Pretrial Diversion. Pretrial Diversion may be available if you have never been arrested for DUI before and you have little or no criminal history. If you are accepted into pretrial diversion, you will not be convicted of DUI upon successful completion of the diversion program. Basically you will be under probation-like supervision and you will be required to complete many of the requirements that a first time conviction requires (see above). Upon completion, your case will be dropped and you will avoid the negative effects of being convicted of DUI.
Just as you are expected to follow the law, so are the police and prosecutors. An experienced DUI lawyer can identify times when the police haven't properly stopped you for DUI, improperly searched you or your belongings, or haven't properly collected evidence such as breath, blood, or urine samples. If the police haven't followed the rules, we can file a motion to suppress evidence on your behalf. If the prosecutor can't prove that the police acted correctly, the court can throw out the evidence against you and your case may be dismissed. At your confidential consultation, we will discuss this option with you and the specifics of your case. Contact us for an appointment.
As former prosecutors and experienced DUI attorneys, we will be able to clearly explain the merits of your case and your position to the prosecuting attorney. The prosecutor may be willing to allow you to plea to a lesser crime so that you can avoid the stigma of a DUI conviction.
If none of the above outcomes are possible or acceptable to you, it is your absolute right to go to trial and force the government to prove your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. As experienced DUI trial attorneys we will fiercely represent you at trial to make sure the government is held to its burden to prove the case. We will present all legal defenses to make sure you get a fair trial. Each case is unique so specific trial strategy will be developed with you to ensure your best defense. Contact us to discuss your DUI trial options.
To set up your confidential consultation with one of our Orlando DUI lawyers, give us a call at (407) 956-2172, or contact us online.