DUI, or driving under the influence, is a crime with many aspects. It is the rare defendant who is pulled over and charged with simple DUI without facing other charges from the incident. Before you allow yourself to be talked into waiving any rights, speak to a Florida criminal defense lawyer who is not only familiar with the DUI laws as they are written, but can help you find a satisfactory resolution to your entire case.
The first thing you will need to do is to be honest with your DUI defense attorney; we will find out everything anyway. Do not be embarrassed. We are here to help you, not judge you. That is what courts and juries are for.
All Florida criminal defense lawyers will lay out exactly what to expect from your hearings and what your punishments could be as a result of the charge. As you know, DUI charges may carry penalties involving everything from jail or prison to fines, costs, probation, license suspension and Ignition interlock devices.
The Florida DUI criminal defense lawyers who are handling your DUI case will explain several factors to you including:
– What punishments are in place for a first or second offense
– What level of conviction you will be facing for the crime or related crimes
– What changes have been made to Florida law in recent years
The Internet is full of information about the penalties and punishments for DUI & BUI cases. There is just one slight problem: The Internet cannot tell you about what will happen in your case.
Think of it this way: Each day, people get arrested for DUI or BUI and each day, people get diagnosed with cancer. Search engines can provide you information about what can happen in either case – and cannot tell you what will happen in your case. For example, with cancer, you might need surgery, chemo therapy, radiation or all of the above. The exact specifics of your case, not just a check list on the Internet, will determine both the treatment and the outcome. In your DUI or BUI case, same thing.
In both cases, there is no quick fix: You cannot go into the doctor, describe your symptoms, and walk out with a treatment plan that day, knowing “what the odds are.” It doesn’t work that way with Florida DUI law, either. Just as in medicine, it takes time to “diagnose” the case by gathering evidence, and only after all of the evidence has been gathered and analyzed, will an attorney be able to recommend a course of action.
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