After a Florida DUI Arrest
Aggressive Drunk Driving Defense
If you have been arrested for driving under the influence (DUI), you are already facing a tough situation. Without practicing caution and discretion throughout your case, you could make a costly mistake. A DUI can follow you for many years, depending on the specifics of your case.
You can receive penalties such as:
- License suspension
- Monetary fines
To help you avoid erring after a DUI arrest, I have provided information on what mistakes to avoid and actions to take.
Start your defense today by contacting The Law Office of Wyndel G. Darville, PLLC.
Legal Guidance from the Sarasota Criminal Defense Lawyer
Legal procedures can be confusing, and close attention must be paid to strict deadlines pertaining to your legal and administrative legal proceedings. The defense lawyer you choose should offer professional experience and be able to provide personalized counsel during each stage of your case.
Even if your case appears to be simple, you must take all available actions to defend against your charges and retain the services of a lawyer. As your Sarasota DUI attorney, I can provide extensive experience, dedication, and knowledge of the laws associated with your case.
Steps to Take After an Arrest
I know the frightening circumstances you are likely facing. I can be your guide through each step of the criminal process. Most likely, your first step after the arrest will be to take a chemical test. You are required to take the blood, breath, or urine test because of Florida's implied consent law. Anyone who obtains a driver's license in Florida agrees to submit to a chemical test if involved in a lawful arrest for suspected DUI. Refusal to take a chemical test will result in a driver's license suspension.
After a DUI arrest, posting bail may be required. Most individuals are released without bail, but some cases require a bondsman to pay a fee. Bail is a guarantee that you will appear at your hearings. After the fee is paid to the court, you may be released and notified of a hearing date. From the moment you are arrested, you will need to prepare for your arraignment.
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.
Also, you only have a limited amount of time - 10 days - to request an administrative hearing with the Department of Motor Vehicles to protect your driving privileges. My firm can help you fight the charges against you. I can help you prepare a case to prove that you were not driving while under the influence and / or challenge the validity of evidence in the case.
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.
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As part of my commitment to excellence in my field and to the people I serve, I maintain memberships with various associations, including the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Gulf Coast Latin Chamber of Commerce. My firm is known for the strong legal representation I provide to clients. Rather than pursuing your case without adequate representation, schedule a free 30-minute case evaluation with my firm.
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