A driving under the influence (DUI) arrest can change your life. The punishments that will be levied against you if you are found guilty of DUI are severe, and they are only growing as most states are fighting to decrease the number of fatal accidents that result from drinking and driving. Even if no one was hurt, you could face jail time, community service and probation.
The first thing to do after being arrested for DUI is to take the charge seriously. Do not assume that it is no big deal or that you can find a way out of it because it is your first arrest. The best thing that you can do is contact an experienced attorney right away.
At the Law Offices of Michael M. Raheb, P.A., we are devoted to our clients and work hard to reach a favorable conclusion to their case. We have the courtroom experience necessary to recognize and capitalize on opportunities to push for our clients’ best interests. To schedule a free consultation with an attorney in Fort Myers, Call Us At 866-9-0888 Today!
1. A DUI Charge Can Be Reduced To A Lesser Offense.
Every case is different, and it is not always possible to reduce the charges, but there are certain factors that can cause a DUI charge to be reduced. Reducing a charge is far more likely if it is a misdemeanor charge. Other factors that can influence the likelihood of reducing a DUI charge include the defendant’s blood alcohol level, the details of the police report, the defendant’s driving history and the type of tests that were administered to determine whether or not the defendant was impaired.
2. DUI Cases Are Thrown Out, But Not Often.
In certain instances, a judge can dismiss a case. Thenewspaper.com reports that a DUI case was recently dismissed after the prosecution delayed the case eight times over the course of three years. The judge decided to dismiss the case, but the prosecution appealed. The Court of Appeals sided with the judge and determined that the defendant’s right to a speedy trial was infringed upon.
The case serves as an example of the fact that every case is 100 percent unique, and it can often be difficult to know exactly how the case will end.
3. You Could Face A Criminal Trial And A Civil Suit.
If you caused an accident while driving under the influence and that accident caused property damage or serious injury, you may be facing more than just criminal charges. The injured party has the right to file a personal-injury suit against you that may increase the amount of time that you spend in the courtroom, which is why it is so important to invest wisely in legal help.
If you hire us to represent you, we will dedicate ourselves to helping you obtain the best possible outcome in court. To discuss your case during a free initial consultation, Call Us At 866-949-0888 Today!