DUI (driving under the influence) is a serious matter in Ft. Lauderdale, as it is anywhere across the country. Yet, very few of them are open-and-shut cases. From a legal perspective, DUI cases are nuanced and very technical. Contrary to popular belief, a person does not need a certain blood/alcohol level to be charged with a DUI. It can even happen to a person that has an alcohol level of 0.08 or if the person is intoxicated to the point that their normal facilities are impaired. Breathalyzers, field exercises and police assessment on the scene are not always reliable indicators either.
Even a first time DUI charge can bring severe consequences. For example, a basic DUI can result in 6 months in jail. An enhanced DUI can bring jail time up to 9 months. DUI’s involving damaged property are punishable up to a year. If you are found guilty of manslaughter or bodily harm, you could be facing years in prison. Even after the sentence is over, it remains on your permanent record.
Every DUI case is different, and we treat each one with its unique qualities in mind. Any detail can make all the difference. There can be factors of the police stop, the field testing, the questioning, arrest procedure, or chemical testing that could end up being more to your benefit than to the prosecution’s.
For example, did you know it’s not even necessary to be driving a vehicle to be arrested for driving under the influence? The requirement is to be in “actual physical control“ of a vehicle while impaired by controlled substances. Someone found sleeping in a parked car in the driver’s seat while holding the car keys could conceivably be arrested for DUI, even if the person in question had not driven the vehicle a single inch.
In such cases where no one was ever in danger, do you believe that the accused should suffer long-term consequences? Without the help of a qualified DUI defense attorney, the person in the above example could very well go to jail. We’ll create the best defense for your circumstances. We’re not afraid of going the extra mile and thinking outside of the box.
Just remember – it is the prosecution’s job to prove your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. The evidence has to weigh heavily in their favor. It often takes only one piece of mismatched testimony or one miscalculated finding for the whole case to fall apart. It also takes a skilled legal eye to find those points that will shatter a DUI case against you. We’ll examine every aspect of your case efficiently and methodically, looking for every single tool we can use to beat your charge.
No matter what the circumstances of your particular incident might be, it’s important to understand that not even a failed chemical or breathalyzer test necessarily means a conviction. If you want to know what rights you hold and what options are available to you in the event of your own brush with a DUI charge, call us today for a free consultation. Whether it is your first encounter with the law or not, we’ll see to it you are treated fairly. Call us today if you need a DUI lawyer in Aventura, Ft. Lauderdale, or anywhere in the Dade-Broward County area.
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