Protect Your Rights When Facing DUI Charges
An arrest for driving under the influence (DUI) is a scary experience that can come out of nowhere. You will quickly face a series of choices that can have a large effect on the final outcome of your case and your life for years to come. Of course, the first, most important thing to remember is that you have the right to remain silent and speak to an attorney.
I am Pensacola criminal defense attorney David A. Carroll. I can quickly get to work investigating the details of your arrest and help you determine the best way to proceed in order to protect your rights and freedom.
Do Not Assume Police Have An Open-And-Shut Case
Many people think they can quickly plead guilty to a DUI charge in order to “put it behind them.” You may not think about having a conviction on your record for years to come, which will make it harder to find work, housing and financial aid.
There are several things I can look at when determining how to proceed with your case. These include:
- Whether police had probable cause to stop your vehicle
- If you participated in a field sobriety test, and there were extenuating circumstances such as a medical condition
- If the breath testing equipment was functioning properly at the time
Additionally, you can refuse to take any field sobriety tests. The officer may still arrest you, but you will also not give them evidence to use against you.
Serious Penalties Are At Stake For A Conviction
For a first-offense DUI, a conviction will mean at least $500 in fines, up to six months in prison, 50 hours of community service and at least a six-month suspension of your driver’s license. If your blood alcohol content was higher than .15 or this was your second or third arrest, the penalties will be harsher.
Get A Lawyer’s Help Now
If you are facing drunk driving charges, there is no substitute for experienced criminal defense representation. Call my office in Pensacola, Florida, today at 850-270-7863 or contact me online to get the help you need.