If You Fight a DUI and Lose?If you get a DUI, you might be understandably worried about what consequences you could face. After a DUI conviction, you can be served thousands of dollars in fines, jail time, and a suspended license.
While the best defense against a DUI is never drinking and driving, even the best of us makes mistakes sometimes.
If you have been charged with a DUI, trust your case with The Ticket Lawyers. We have experience dealing with all manners of DUI, and our goal is to get your case dismissed altogether. Our firm offers a free consultation with a qualified attorney to go over the details of your case so that you know your rights regarding your trial and processing. An attorney will also go over our fee structure, so you know exactly how much our defense will cost you.
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The Legal Information Institute defines a DUI as driving under the influence with a BAC (blood alcohol content) of .08 or above. Drunk driving is a criminal offense that will result in the suspension of your license, a fine, and usually at least one night in jail. But depending on the charges, you could face the permanent removal of your license and a long jail sentence.
Various tests are used by police officers to determine whether someone is impaired by a substance, including a breathalyzer test and coordination exams. If you are clearly impaired or your BAC or BAL (breath alcohol level) measures more than .15, there could be more serious consequences.
It is possible to have a first offense DUI case dismissed by the court of prosecution. How this is done will depend on the skill of your attorney, the strength of your defense strategy, and the quality of the evidence against you. A judge or prosecuting attorney may decide to drop the charges against you, but a police officer will not have the authority to do so once you have been arrested.
Each case is unique. The circumstances of your arrest, your criminal background, and the severity of your DUI charges will determine how difficult it may be to have your case dropped. A qualified DUI lawyer will be able to layout your options and find out what the best course of action for you might be.
While it is true that a second DUI charge can be dropped based on the reasons listed above, you will automatically have your license suspended if this is your second DUI arrest in 5 years. A lawyer will be able to help you file for a hardship license during the period of your suspension.
A second DUI is typically much more serious than the first. The individual nature of your DUI case will affect how difficult it may be to get it dismissed. A judge will not be as lenient towards a second charge as they might be with the first, and you should always prepare to face strict penalties should you be convicted. The Ticket Lawyers will do everything in our power to get your charges dropped as soon as possible.
There are no centralized statistics for DUI dismissals in Florida. However, individual cities tend to collect this information, for example, in Orlando, nearly 40% of DUI cases are reduced to a reckless driving charge or dismissed entirely. However, when it comes to multiple DUIs, that number significantly drops.
Each case is unique and requires a qualified attorney to make a thorough assessment. From the traffic stop to the courtroom, The Ticket Lawyers will be by your side every step of the way.
There are several ways to defend yourself if you get a DUI. Most often, this includes arguing the legitimacy of the evidence against you. You have rights regarding the collection and recording of this evidence. Even if you blew above a .08, you still have a chance to contest your DUI charge.
You may be able to contest the following:
When you plead not guilty to a DUI and then lose at trial, then the consequences could be severe. Your sentencing depends heavily upon what charges are brought against you, and the quality of your representation in court. If you are charged with a DUI felony, then this will come with harsher penalties then a Misdemeanor DUI.
According to the State of Florida, consequences of a misdemeanor DUI can include:
Felony DUI trials are more severe and can result in prison time. There are mandatory minimum sentences for felony DUI’s. According to Florida Statute 316.193, a felony DUI may result in:
If you plead guilty, especially if it is your first offense, the court may be more lenient. However, if you have committed multiple DUIs, then there is a mandatory minimum sentence that the court must abide by.
If you or a loved has been charged with a DUI, contact The Ticket Lawyers today to find out your options. Our goal is to get your case dismissed! We have extensive experience dealing with all manner of DUI cases and provide excellent legal defense for all of our clients. We offer a free consultation with a qualified attorney who will provide guidance and outline our fee structure.
Call The Ticket Lawyers today at 855-323-8488.
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