Being charged with driving under the influence (DUI) of drugs or alcohol in Longwood can turn your entire life upside down. If you’re found guilty, you will lose your license, serve jail time, be saddled with huge fees, and even temporarily lose your vehicle. If it’s not your first DUI charge, the consequences can be far worse. The first step in protecting yourself is to hire a Longwood DUI attorney to protect your interests.
Florida DUI laws are notoriously strict, but charges are not always fair. The outcome of your case will depend on the circumstances of your arrest. In many cases, the accused driver wasn’t impaired at all. As strange as it may sound, you can be arrested for DUI even if your car is parked or a breathalyzer test indicates your breath alcohol under the legal limit.
DUI accusations can be challenged on many fronts, including:
- Breathalyzer tests can be inaccurate due to improper calibration or the officer’s inexperience in administering the test.
- Witnesses, particularly law enforcement, are human and may lie to protect themselves, or they may be wrong or uncertain about what they saw.
- Sobriety field tests are physically challenging for the most sober person. People with balance issues, uneven gait, or other physical limitations cannot perform field tests satisfactorily.
- Procedural challenges: was the stop justified? Were you read your rights?
- Health conditions such as diabetes that may make you appear intoxicated when you are not.
People can fail DUI tests for reasons they don’t see coming. Over-the-counter or prescription medications can skew blood or urine test results, so having something as common as a cold can get you in serious legal trouble.
It is difficult to obtain a DUI conviction if you refuse to take breath, blood, and urine tests, but there are consequences to everything. You could lose your license for refusing to take the tests, and chances are, you’ll be arrested and your car will be impounded anyway.
A DUI conviction in Longwood is very costly. You could be facing jail (or even prison) time, fines and fees, loss of your license, and more. The tangible costs do not consider the intangible cost of a DUI conviction. Once you factor in other issues, such as potentially losing your job, not being able to drive a motor vehicle, and future employment restrictions, one begins to see the real scope of the problem.
When you hire a DUI attorney, Ryan will make every effort to get the case dismissed or the charges reduced using every legal strategy available. Protecting your rights is our primary concern. Your attorney will ask the right questions and build a case based on the facts and circumstances of the case.
Don’t leave your fate to chance. If you’re arrested for DUI in Longwood, you need expert representation from an attorney who understands the issues, knows the system, and has your best interests at heart. Call for a consultation today!