If you’ve been arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) in Florida, we cannot overstate the importance of hiring an experienced attorney. The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) explains that Florida’s DUI laws are some of the toughest in the country. If a judge or jury convicts you, even if it’s your first criminal offense, you could be spend the next six months of your life in jail and be responsible for paying steep fines, or worse.
Your best chance at beating or altering the charges against you may be to seek an attorney who can help you build a DUI defense in Fort Myers. At the Law Offices of Michael M. Raheb, P.A., we know exactly which defenses work in specific situations, and we will spend the time necessary to develop a strategy customized to your case. If you would like to learn more about our service, set up a free initial consultation by calling 866-949-0888.
1. The Best Criminal Defense Is Customized To The Situation
It is important to find an attorney who will recognize opportunities that are unique to you and your situation. For instance, if you have Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), your breathalyzer results could be significantly skewed. Also, certain diseases can make your breath smell of alcohol even if you have had nothing to drink.
We can use the details of your arrest and reason for being in the car to structure a defense, as well. For instance, a woman recently had the DUI charges against her dropped because she was forced to drive drunk to flee an attacker.
In other cases, people were issued DUIs after trying to sleep in their cars. In these instances, an attorney can argue that the defendant never intended to drive and was actually being responsible by sleeping.
2. It Counters The Prosecution In Two Areas
For a DUI defense to be successful, it needs to counter all of the prosecution’s evidence. Its evidence will include facts relating to the traffic stop and the blood-alcohol or roadside-impairment test. If your attorney can prove that the officer did not have probable cause to stop you in the first place, everything that happened afterward, even the tests, may be thrown out.
There are also many ways to question the tests. For instance, what the officer may have recorded as signs of intoxication may just be signs of fatigue. Similarly, blood tests and breathalyzers have proven unreliable in certain circumstances, so it is always possible to challenge them.
The truth of the matter is that you don’t need to worry much about what your defense looks like. Instead, you need to focus on finding a reliable attorney. In addition to his 17 years of experience in Florida courtrooms, Mr. Raheb has earned a rating of “excellent” based on client reviews on the attorney-rating site Avvo.
To see why so many of Mr. Raheb’s clients walk away happy, call us at 866-949-0888 to schedule a complimentary consultation.