In most areas of the country, especially in Florida, prosecutors and judges face large caseloads that often lead to delays and other inefficiencies in the court system. As such, some prosecutors are willing to accept a plea deal in order to reduce the number of cases that are on their desk. There are also programs that seek to do the same by offering plea deals to a lesser offence in exchange for participating in the program.
For instance, the Sun Sentinel reports that some first-time DUI offenders will be eligible to participate in a monitoring program, which allows them to escape jail time and a criminal conviction. Participants will be required to use a monitoring device for between 3 and 6 months.
Although The Rewards Sound Great, The Program Isn’t For Everyone
The implementation of the program provides a great argument for hiring a criminal-defense attorney. Each case is different, and not everyone should view the program as a good opportunity, certainly not those who have a good chance at being exonerated.
Defendants should also be warned that failing to meet the program’s high requirements during the 3 to 6 months could end up costing them much more. If the monitoring device records a high blood-alcohol content (BAC), the participant will likely face more jail time than if they had lost the original case.
It goes to show that you’ll need a good defense attorney who can provide you with sound legal advice based on your best interests as a defendant. At the Law Offices of Michael M. Raheb, we have worked in DUI defense in Fort Myer for the past 17 years, so you can count on our knowledge and expertise in the field. To schedule a free consultation, Call Us At 866-949-0888 Today!
So Far, Most DUI Offenders Have Opted Not To Participate In The Program
Although the court system hoped to see close to a 50 percent enrollment rate from first-time offenders, they’ve only reached about 17 percent. But at least 425 people found that enrolling in the program was in their best interest last year.
The difficulty with a program such as this is that every case is very different, so trying to appeal to half of all defendants with one rigid set of guidelines isn’t likely to work. However, it is true that participants can choose between three separate monitoring devices, including the popular ignition-interlock device, which allows a person to drive only after blowing into a device that measures and records their BAC.
If you have been charged with a DUI, your number-one priority should be to ensure that the charge disrupts your life as little as possible. To achieve this, you’ll need a legal expert on your side who knows the programs and defense strategies surrounding DUI law well enough to find a solution that best fits your situation. To discuss your case with an experienced DUI attorney, Call Us At 866-949-0888 Today!