Know The Potential Penalties And Defenses For A DUI
All drivers in Florida learn that drunk driving is illegal before they can obtain a license. However, that does not mean that drivers – and police – will never make mistakes.
If you face charges of driving under the influence (DUI) of drugs or alcohol, my firm, S. Patrick Dray, PA, can help. I will show you the various options for your case so that you can make informed choices. With over 20 years of experience, I am dedicated to helping you get the most favorable resolution possible.
The Charges Are Serious, But There Is Hope
The possible consequences of a DUI conviction can include jail time, fines, license suspension or revocation and more. If you have a prior DUI conviction or you injured someone else while driving, you could face even more severe criminal penalties.
Whatever you are up against, I can give you reliable guidance based on experience and insight. With board certification and more than 20 years of experience in Florida, I have the knowledge to fortify your case. I can build a solid defense strategy for you.
Hold Law Enforcement Accountable For Errors
Not all DUI charges are legitimate. Sometimes, a legal error allows police to gain improper evidence against the driver. Regardless of whether the police acted maliciously or negligently, your rights are worthy of respect.
As your criminal defense lawyer, I may be able to seek dismissal or reduction of the charges if your case involves a legal error, such as:
- Lack of probable cause: Police need a good reason to pull you over in the first place. If you were following traffic laws, patrol officers might not have had probable cause to stop you, and therefore they would not be able to test or arrest you.
- Traffic stop errors: Unlawful search and seizure and other civil rights violations at a traffic stop may affect your defense.
- Inaccurate breath testing: Breath test devices are not always accurate. Police must properly maintain, calibrate and use these devices. Failure to do so could give a false positive reading for intoxication.
When dismissal is not an option, I can pursue other defense methods, including working to minimize the potential penalties of a DUI. Depending on the situation, I may negotiate license reinstatement, installation of an ignition interlock device or admittance to a rehabilitation program.
Preserve Your Civil Rights And Driving Privileges
Losing your license or going to jail could have a serious impact on your life and career. Create a defense strategy with a talented criminal defense attorney who is recognized for results.