According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, more than 1.2 million people face DUI charges each year. In 2013, 61,852 of those arrests were in Florida.
Most aren’t sure what to expect during their arrests and trials unless they’re repeat offenders. The process often moves quickly and can become confusing for defendants, which is why it’s important to hire a DUI attorney.
At the Law Offices of Michael M. Raheb, P.A., we have 17 years of experience representing Fort Myers resident during DUI trials. We are committed to working with our clients to reach a positive resolution to their charges. You can count on us to give your case the care and attention it deserves, and we pride ourselves on being available when our clients have questions or concerns.
To schedule a consultation with an experienced DUI lawyer from our office, call 866-949-0888.
Prosecutors Often Approach Defendants to Discuss a Plea Deal
Going to trial exhausts resources that the state isn’t always excited to spend. In many cases, a plea deal is a smart option.
Although many defendants are excited to receive an offer and eager to accept, it’s important to speak with an attorney before doing so. In some cases, the prosecutor may be offering a deal because they are unsure if a conviction is likely. In these situations, it could be in the defendant’s best interest to go to trial.
CBS News reports on a recent example of plea deal. Shuauna Miller was driving home when she crashed into another vehicle, killing the driver and his young son. Police measured her blood-alcohol level at approximately twice the legal limit.
Miller faced two felony counts of DUI, but she agreed to plead guilty to one charge. In exchange, the prosecutor dropped the other charge, potentially cutting her sentence in half.
A Dismissal Doesn’t Always Mark the End of a Defendant’s Ordeal
People are often relieved when a judge dismisses their case—and rightly so. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean their DUI charges disappear.
KPVI News explains that a judge recently dismissed the DUI charge against Amy Smith after the prosecution requested a continuance while they continued to gather evidence. This is an example of one of the more common reasons why a judge will dismiss a charge.
If the prosecution is unable to furnish enough evidence, the judge often wishes to end the matter quickly. However, that doesn’t mean the defendant can rest easy; if the prosecution gathers additional evidence, they can re-file the charges.
There are many different situations that can arise during a DUI trial, and each can have a lasting impact on the defendant’s life. If you are facing a drunk-driving charge in Fort Myers, it’s important to retain a DUI attorney to ensure that you have access to reliable, comprehensive legal advice. To learn more or to schedule a consultation, please call us at 866-949-0888.