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Orlando DUI Lawyer
An impaired driving arrest can happen to anyone. Having alcohol or drugs in your system can provide a prosecutor with evidence to use against you, but conviction does not always follow an arrest. This is true even if your blood alcohol concentration was above the legal limit. An Orlando DUI defense attorney can provide you with invaluable advice and answer key questions you have including:
What happens after a DUI arrest in Orlando?
What options do you have for fighting DUI charges?
How can an Orlando DUI defense attorney help you?
What Happens After a DUI Arrest in Orlando?
In the state of Florida, if you’re charged with a DUI, you face serious penalties. Possible consequences if convicted could include:
A 180 day suspension of your driver’s license
A minimum $250 fine and additional court costs
Participation in a mandatory Victim Awareness Program
Impounding of your vehicle
A criminal record of your conviction
Penalties for a second DUI conviction or even a third are far worse. While these penalties can follow a conviction for either drug or alcohol use before driving, there are opportunities to minimize or avoid the consequences after an arrest.
When you are arrested, you will need to act quickly to avoid the administrative suspension of your driver’s license. You have 10 days to request a hearing to prevent the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) from automatically taking your license. You will also be arraigned right away and have to decide how to plead.
An Orlando DUI defense attorney at Katz & Phillips, P.A. should be called to help you at your administrative hearing, assist in entering a plea, and prepare you to fight DUI charges.
What Options Do You Have For Fighting DUI Charges?
With the help of a defense attorney with DUI experience, there are a number of issues you could raise to try and fight charges including:
Illegal stop or illegal search: No evidence can be used if it was collected in violation of the Fourth Amendment. Traffic stops must be justified and the law enforcement officer must have reason to ask you to submit to a drug or alcohol test.
Improper test administration: The officer may not have been trained to administer the test, or the test may not have been calibrated properly.
Improper handling of evidence: Your sample could have been contaminated or confused with someone else’s, or shoddy work may have been done to determine the level of drugs or alcohol in your system.
Other problems with testing: Field sobriety tests are notoriously difficult for people to pass, even when sober. They are unreliable. Radio frequency can affect breath tests, and medical conditions can also impact breathalyzer results.
Deciding on the right option for fighting DUI charges requires knowledge of the science behind DUI cases as well as knowledge of the law. At Katz & Phillips, P.A. Our Orlando DUI defense team includes attorneys with board certification in DUI defense and with extensive knowledge of how breath testing works. Our attorneys are uniquely qualified to provide you with assistance in fighting the charges.
How Can An Orlando DUI Defense Attorney Help You?
An Orlando DUI defense attorney provides invaluable advice at every step, from deciding how to plead to helping you develop a legal strategy. You should not trust just any lawyer to defend you when charged with a DUI. Call Katz & Phillips, P.A. today to schedule a consultation and learn about how our experienced legal team can provide you with the defense you deserve.
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Why Choose Us?
Katz & Phillips will exhaust every effort to get your charges reduced or dropped. We are fierce negotiators and courtroom-tested litigators who will tirelessly protect your rights. We are available 24 hours a day – don’t hesitate to schedule a free consultation now.