As Florida DUI lawyers, we’ve represented many clients who faced the loss of their driver’s license, their driving privileges, rising auto insurance rates, and the potential loss of employment. While each case is unique, we have the experience to handle the most difficult DUI cases. Besides evidentiary issues, there are many legal matters to be considered such as probable cause for the stop, Miranda warnings, search and seizure procedures, and extenuating factors regarding field sobriety tests. A good Florida DUI lawyer will take all these into consideration in preparing an aggressive defense.
If you’ve been stopped by a law enforcement officer, you are required to provide the officer with your driver’s license, vehicle registration, and proof of insurance. You are not required to submit to a field sobriety test. The tests are often unfair because they don’t consider factors such as age, weight, dexterity, and the level of anxiety caused by the traffic stop. Additionally, not all police officers are uniformly expert in conducting these field sobriety tests.
If you do submit to a field sobriety test and fail, most traffic stops in Florida are videotaped. On many occasions, an experienced Florida DUI lawyer can argue that the police officer’s determination of impairment was flawed.
If you are arrested for DUI, it’s important to contact a Florida DUI lawyer immediately. Florida has a 10 day DUI rule which enables your DUI attorney to request a formal review hearing in order to maintain your driving privileges while awaiting the hearing. If successful, driving privileges will be maintained. If you don’t request the formal review hearing, you automatically forfeit your license until your DUI charges are resolved. The administrative hearing is also a good opportunity for your Florida DUI lawyer to question the officer who stopped you and determine the relative merit of the evidence which will be used against you in trial.
If you’ve been stopped and arrested for DUI, make certain to call an experienced DUI trial lawyer. Immediate representation may preserve your rights and protect your driver’s license.