What Are Your Options?
If you or a loved one has been arrested for driving under the influence (“DUI”) in the state of Florida, you should never assume that you are without options. You should never plead guilty without legal advice and representation from an experienced DUI attorney. All DUI charges are serious criminal allegations that carry harsh penalties, fines, and other consequences that can negatively impact your life for many years.
You Are Presumed Innocent
Even if you or a loved one was arrested, subject to a chemical test and/or performed a field sobriety test, this does not mean that the prosecutor will be able to obtain a conviction. The penalties and costs associated with a Florida DUI conviction are life changing and expensive. These penalties could include the possibility of jail time, hefty fines, court costs, community service hours, lengthy probation, DUI school, substance abuse evaluations with follow up counseling sessions, vehicle impoundment, and installation of an ignition interlock device on your vehicle.
Why Pleading Guilty Is Your Worst Option
Pleading guilty to Driving While Intoxicated means that you forgo your chances of beating your DUI charge altogether. Do not expect leniency for pleading guilty to a DUI charge. The best way to obtain a positive result is to develop a strong defense that may result in the dismissal of your charges altogether.
Discover The Strategies For A Successful DUI Defense
When faced with the possibility of a criminal conviction for Florida DUI, the goal is to defend your case aggressively so that you can persuade the prosecutor to reduce your DUI case to reckless driving or obtain a dismissal of the charges. An experienced Florida DUI lawyer may also be able to negotiate whether or not the court will “withhold adjudication” on the reckless driving charge. An agreement to “withhold adjudication” will seal this criminal charge on your record from public access.
The attorneys at Musca Law have over 100 years of combined experience to defend your DUI case.