DUI Defense Attorneys
Whether you are impaired or sober, getting pulled over and arrested for suspicion of drunk driving or driving under the influence (DUI) can have an impact on your record and reputation. If you or someone you know is dealing with a DUI charge, it is important to contact a qualified criminal defense attorney to handle your case. One wrong statement or step could cause a world of trouble for you and your family. Let the professionals at DeCarlis & Sawyer handle the hard work and stress surrounding your case, and trust in our ability to produce positive results.
Anatomy of A DUI Case
There are numerous types of DUI’s that an individual can be charged for. The severity of the penalties depends on the type of DUI crime, and any other crimes that are tacked onto the DUI. DUI crimes could include:
- DUI Manslaughter
- Felony DUI
- Multiple DUI
Because DUI cases are fairly common, there is usually a routine that is followed by all parties involved–investigators as well as the defendant and attorneys.
Breathalyzer Test – One of the first steps that law enforcement officers in Florida use to indicate or prove sobriety is the breathalyzer test. The breathalyzer test will determine your blood alcohol level (BAC), and refusal to take the test may result in severe penalties. If you refuse to take the breathalyzer test, your license could be suspended for up to one year. However, if you believe you were unlawfully arrested for drunk driving and you refuse to take the test, you can challenge the evidence and your license may not be suspended.
Contesting the DUI Evidence – Breathalyzer and field sobriety tests are not completely conclusive. If you were arrested for driving under the influence, you may challenge the charges in court. This is the part of the case where your attorney examines the exact reason you were pulled over in the traffic stop. If that reason is deemed unlawful, then the charges may be dropped.
DMV Hearing – If you have lost your license because of a DUI arrest, the only way to get it back is through a waiver or DMV hearing. During this hearing, you basically waive your right to challenge your suspension, and will receive a hardship license in return. This will help you gain the ability to drive once again. However, you must attend one of these hearings within 10 days after your arrest.
Our Attorneys Can Help
Driving is a major part of our daily lives, so we understand how important it is that you do not lose that right. Our team of legal professionals at the law firm of DeCarlis & Sawyer will investigate your case thoroughly and build a strong defense with the goal of retaining your right to drive. If you or someone you love has been charged with a DUI or any DUI-related crime, contact us immediately to schedule a free consultation appointment. You won’t pay a thing unless one of our capable defense attorneys wins your case.