Fort Lauderdale DUI Attorney
Arrested for Drunk Driving in Broward County, FL?
Driving under the influence is not a charge to be taken lightly in the state of Florida. Although you face serious penalties that include large fines, a criminal record, and time in jail, you must remember you have not yet been charged. This means you have the opportunity to defend against the charges and criminal / license penalties you face.
At Hager & Schwartz, P.A., our criminal defense attorneys have fought for many individuals charged with DUI in Broward County and counties across the state of Florida. Whether this is your first offense, a multiple DUI, or a felony DUI, we have the experience, resources, and determination needed to protect your freedom and your future.
Get a Fort Lauderdale DUI defense lawyer on your side as soon as possible. Hager & Schwartz, P.A. offers decades of collective experience and 24/7 availability. Call us now for a free consult!
Effectively Fighting Your DUI Charge
In the state of Florida, you may be prosecuted for DUI if any of the following applies to you:
- You can be proven to driving while having your normal faculties impaired, even if there are no results from a BAC test. If you refuse to participate in a blood, breath, or urine test, the police officer who pulled you over can attest to the fact that they believe you were driving under the influence. According to Florida state law, there is implied consent for submission to a breath test. The refusal to do so can be used against you, as you can be questioned as to why you chose not to clear your name of guilt by taking the test.
- If you do submit to a sobriety test, whether it is a blood, breath, or urine test, you can be prosecuted for DUI if the results go over .08. It must be proven that you were in physical control of a vehicle while also having an illegal BAC.
If you have been charged with DUI, there is no time to waste. It is essential you do your part to clear your name, and doing so starts with enlisting in the help of one of our Fort Lauderdale criminal defense lawyers of Hager & Schwartz, P.A. Don’t let your future, your professional life, and your reputation be ruined because of something our legal team can help you combat.
Challenging the Evidence in Your DUI Case
When a law enforcement officer suspects that you are driving under the influence, they may administer various tests—which often includes a breathalyzer or blood test. What you may not know, however, is that these tests aren’t always accurate. No testing equipment is fail-safe, which means that you may have been arrested on faulty or inconclusive evidence.
DUI tests are notoriously unreliable. Just a few reasons why may include:
- The testing equipment was faulty or defective
- The breathalyzer device was not properly calibrated
- The breath or blood test was administered improperly
- A medical condition may have affected the results
- Blood sample was contaminated before testing
We have experience with multiple cases and preliminary hearings and have fought for clients facing both misdemeanor and felony charges. The Florida court system and the DMV take DUI charges seriously, and you should too.
While you face serious charges, remember that you haven't been convicted yet. It is also important to remember that all cases are unique. An underage DUI case and a case involving serious injuries or death must be handled using customized strategies. Contact Hager & Schwartz, P.A. for the help you need!
Penalties for Misdemeanor DUI Offenses
If you are convicted of DUI, you can be subject to serious criminal and driver’s license penalties. It is important to remember consequences will vary from case to case depending on unique facts and circumstances, including the nature of the charge and your criminal history. Examples of DUI penalties may include:
- First Offense—Fine of $500-$1,000, 50 hours of mandatory community service, up to 6 months in jail, probation, vehicle impoundment for 10 days, license revocation for minimum of 180 days.
- Second Offense—Fine of $1,000-$2,000, up to 9 months in jail, 1 month automobile impoundment, license suspension/revocation for up to 5 years.
- Third Offense—Fine of $2,000-$5,000, up to 12 months incarceration, 3 months automobile impoundment, license suspension/revocation for up to 10 years.
You Only Have 10 Days to Save Your License
Once you are arrested for DUI, your driver’s license will be subject to automatic suspension. From the moment you are arrested, you will only have 10 days to request a hearing with the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). At your DMV hearing, you will have the chance to contest the suspension. If you choose not to schedule a hearing, your license will be suspended.
For this reason, it is highly recommended that you get in touch with a Fort Lauderdale criminal defense lawyer at Hager & Schwartz, P.A. as soon as you have been arrested for DUI. We can represent you at your hearing and fight to ensure that your driving privileges are not revoked. But remember, time is limited. Contact us today to learn more about your options.
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