As a Sarasota
DUI lawyer, I am often asked what steps should be taken when one is arrested for
Driving Under the Influence (DUI). Any arrest is a traumatic and negative
experience. However, a DUI arrest has consequences that, if you do not
act fast and regardless of the ultimate outcome of your case, your livelihood
will be immediately impacted. Remember these easy steps:
Call a lawyer experienced in DUI and
traffic tickets immediately. Getting arrested for a DUI is not the time to "go-it-alone"
in order to save money. You risk long-term driver license suspension,
probation, jail and other criminal fines. An experienced lawyer will evaluate
your case and prepare your defense.
- If you are able, post the monetary cash bond or hire a bond company to
post bond for you. If you cannot afford to post monetary bond, the Judge
at first appearance will most likely place you on Supervised Release (SPR).
The Judge can impose additional special conditions such as curfews, check-ins
with a SPR officer, and/or random drug and alcohol testing. This program
in addition to being an imposition on your employment will cost you additional
money, and the restrictions will remain in place until your case is decided.
In many cases this could be several months to a year.
- Apply to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV)
for a temporary extension of your driving privilege within 10 days of
arrest or if you are eligible a waiver of your administrative review.
In order for you to get a waiver your lawyer will advise you of the necessary
steps that ALL must be taken within 10 days of the arrest. If not, they
are waived forever and your suspension will go into effect immediately.
- Finally, make your lawyer aware of any Civil Citations you may have received.
Do not pay those tickets until you consult fully with your experienced
DUI lawyer. In most cases these tickets can be merged with your criminal
case and ultimately dismissed by the Judge. Following these simple steps
will ensure that you will significantly lessen the impact of receiving
a DUI. As an experienced DUI and criminal lawyer in Sarasota, I stand
ready to help you in the aftermath of this traumatic arrest.
For more advice about what to do
after being arrested for DUI and for the aggressive legal representation you need on your side to protect
your rights and navigate a DUI case successfully,
contact a Sarasota DUI defense attorney at
The Law Office of Wyndel G. Darville, PLLC today!