Florida laws are strict when it comes to driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Driving with a BAC of at least 0.08% can land you in serious trouble, whether you are a first-time offender, repeat offender, or under the age of 21. Regardless of your situation, if you were arrested for DUI it’s important to know what to expect and how best to build your legal defense.
At Thurow Law, our experienced criminal defense lawyer has a thorough understanding of DUI law and how DUI charges can be defended in court. Attorney Todd Thurow’s experience as a police officer has given him a complete understanding of criminal justice system as it executes DUI arrests. If you are facing DUI charges, contact Thurow Law to guarantee you are prepared to handle what’s next.
There are plenty of things you should do to protect your future following a DUI arrest. To ensure your rights are respected and your case receives the best possible chance of success, follow these steps when faced with a DUI charge.
1. Contact Your DUI Lawyer
When faced with a DUI charge, you should immediately seek the counsel of an experienced DUI lawyer like Attorney Thurow. In the state of Florida, those charged with a DUI have 10 days to decide between scheduling a Formal Review Hearing or waiving the hearing in favor of pursuing a restricted driver’s license. The help of a knowledgeable lawyer is invaluable in cases like these, where your personal and professional reputation could be on the line.
The repercussions of a DUI conviction can be steep indeed, especially if you are a repeat offender, you injured another person in a crash, or you tested with an especially high blood alcohol concentration, or BAC. Immediately after your arrest, contact our offices to discuss your DUI charges and we can help you form a legal plan of action and decide if a formal hearing is right for you.
2. Write Everything Down
While your attorney will ask you the important questions about your arrest in order to build a defense, if you think of any other details be sure to write them down. Think back to the day or night of your arrest and record everything you can remember, including where you went and at what time, who you were with, what you ate and drank, and so on. Reflect on the place of your arrest and try to remember if there were any irregularities in weather, visibility, or road conditions that could have impaired your driving ability. If so, it could be beneficial to return to the place of your arrest and take a few photos. If you were sick the night of your arrest, write down the details of your condition and include documentation of a doctor’s visit, if one occurred. In some situations an illness can impair a driver just as much as alcohol or drugs. Every detail, no matter how small, is important, so write down everything you can remember and relay the information to your lawyer.
3. Find Witnesses
Anyone who saw you before your arrest could serve as a witness in your case. Think about people who witnessed you before you got into your vehicle, like valet attendants, restaurant servers, or even friends or family. Contact these people and record their full names, emails or phone numbers, address, and collect their statement about your sober or safe condition, or how much you ate or drank, and so on.
4. Protect Your Driver’s License
Once these immediate concerns are taken care of, you will need to take action to protect your driver’s license. In the state of Florida, your license will either be suspended or revoked following a DUI charge, depending on whether or not you have any previous DUI convictions. In order to defend your license, you need to act quickly and seek the help of an experienced DUI attorney.
If you were arrested for a DUI in Florida, you need to take immediate action to defend your driver’s license and schedule a formal hearing. Our DUI lawyer has a thorough understanding of police procedures and DUI arrests, including how officers administer intoxication tests.
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