The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that 1 out of 135 drivers are arrested for DUI every year. In addition to the high number of DUI arrests, many states, including Florida, are also increasing the penalties for DUI convictions. For example, if you are arrested with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .15 percent or higher, you may face up to nine months in jail — on your first offense. You may also have your license suspended for up to 12 months, which can affect your ability to work, bring your children to school, and take care of your essential needs. While a DUI has the potential to curtail your liberties, it doesn’t have to. If you’ve been arrested for driving while intoxicated, an experienced Minneola DUI lawyer at Katz & Phillips, P.A. can help.
We will start working on your case from the moment you contact us. During the initial case evaluation, which is free, we will start to get an idea of how to fight your case and can let you know what to expect throughout the process. If you contact us soon enough, we will also schedule a hearing with the Florida Department of Motor Vehicles to appeal the automatic suspension of your license. If this hearing is not scheduled within 10 days after your arrest, then your license will be automatically suspended — even if you are ultimately not convicted of DUI.
How your case proceeds largely depends on the facts and circumstances surrounding your arrest, and the evidence the state has gathered against you. Upon review of your case, we may recommend that you enter into a plea agreement with the prosecutor. A common type of plea agreement involves having your DUI charge reduced to what is called a “wet reckless.” One of our DUI lawyers can help determine whether a wet reckless plea is appropriate and available to you in Minneola.
In some cases, other courses of action are more appropriate. For example, we may be able to get your case dismissed for lack of evidence, or challenge the accuracy of the Breathalyzer test. However, we will not know exactly what defenses are available until we review your case.
If you or someone you love has been arrested for a DUI in Minneola, it’s important to hire an attorney as quickly as possible. Often, people who have been arrested for DUI feel hopeless and that there is little they can do to defend their case. This couldn’t be further from the truth; however, it’s important that you act quickly.
We also offer free initial case evaluations to help answer any questions you may have about your DUI and the overall process. Our phones are answered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Contact us now to arrange a consultation.