A Criminal Traffic or DUI arrest can have lasting consequences on your criminal record, your ability to drive, and your insurance premiums. While these charges are typically misdemeanor cases, there are occasions when a traffic offense can be charged as a felony. Certain circumstances (ex: Bodily Injury, Repeat Offenses, Leaving the Scene of an accident) can increase the level of the crime, and potential consequences.
Criminal Traffic or DUI
In the State of Florida, there are two separate cases that accompany a DUI arrest. The first case is in the criminal justice system while the second case is argued in the administrative process of the Department of Motor Vehicles. Both cases can affect your driver’s license suspension and access to hardship licensing, while the criminal charge can expose you to mandatory fines and potential jail time.
Being charged with a DUI can be a stressful and embarrassing process. It is important to hire an attorney to adequately evaluate your case. The case must be reviewed to determine if the officer(s) correctly stopped your vehicle, if the officer(s) were permitted to require or request submission to Field Sobriety Exercises and/or a Breath Alcohol Test, and if the officer(s) violated any of your constitutional rights.
At McCarty Gonzalez Pavlidis & Whidden, LLC,
We value the importance of a DUI arrest and understand that it can be equivalent to any other criminal matter. While the charge may only be filed as a misdemeanor, the consequences can be everlasting. In addition to fines and criminal consequences, a DUI conviction requires a mandatory adjudication, which cannot be sealed and/or expunged from your record. We take these cases very seriously and work diligently to ensure that you receive the best outcome possible.
If you have been arrested and accused of a DUI, it is important that you contact us immediately, as your rights with the Department of Motor Vehicles will need to be preserved within 10 business days from your arrest.