Miami DUI Attorney
Drunk Driving Charges in Florida
We understand that a DUI arrest is a frightening experience that can have a significant impact on your life. A DUI arrest usually occurs when a person least expects it and is unsure of how to deal with it. Fortunately, our attorneys have extensive experience helping those arrested for DUI get through this extremely difficult time.
Facing DUI Charges in Miami?
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If you have recently been charged for DUI in Miami or a surrounding area in Miami-Dade County, you will need to immediately take advantage of the skills and resources of an experienced Miami criminal defense attorney. When working with a lawyer at our firm, you can be informed on your rights, the Florida DUI statutes regarding the offense and the penalties of a drunk driving charge.
Our DUI lawyers will meticulously investigate your case and consider all possible defenses and arguments that can be made to effectively defend you at this difficult time. However, you must act fast because unless we file an objection with the Department of Motor Vehicles on your behalf within 10 days of your arrest, your license can be suspended for a period of 6 months-one (1) year for a first offense.
Getting Your Charges Reduced or Dropped
It is important to understand that when a DUI arrest occurs, two separate legal proceedings take place. First is the criminal case that is prosecuted by the State Attorneys Office. The second legal proceeding is the " Administrative Review Hearing" in which the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles attempt to administratively suspend your license while the case is pending.
Under Florida law, DUI can be proven in one of two ways: (1) proof that an individual's normal faculties are impaired; and/or (2) proof that an individual's blood alcohol or breath alcohol level was .08 or above. The penalties upon conviction are the same, regardless of the manner in which the offense is proven.
If you plead guilty or no contest to your first DUI charge, the minimum penalties can include an additional 6 month driver's license suspension, a DUI criminal conviction and various court costs and fines. We have listed some of the possible criminal and administrative penalties and suspensions that you may be subject to should you be arrested for DUI.
Speak With a Proven Miami DUI Lawyer
Florida's DUI / Drunk Driving Laws are complex, and it is important to retain competent, knowledgeable and aggressive attorneys to represent you throughout the criminal and administrative process. The attorneys of Hager & Schwartz, P.A. understand the process and the impact it can have on your life. Contact us now!