While different situations and contexts may lead to a variety of reasons for a DUI being issued in the city of Miami, the process the police use when they are going to charge you with one is fairly standard which means you can prepare for it ahead of time to by educating yourself on what to expect.
What happens when you get pulled over?
The first thing that happens is that you will be pulled over by the police. Once they suspect you may be driving under the influence of alcohol, they will follow a standard procedure that includes the following:
• Giving you routine roadside tests to gauge if you are drunk or not based upon your motor skills and coordination.
• Ask embarrassing or pointed questions in order to see if you respond in ways that an intoxicated person would.
• Administer a Breathalyzer test to determine your blood-alcohol levels.
• If you fail these tests, they will then handcuff and take you to jail.
• Upon arrest, Florida state law requires you wait 8 hours before being released. However, some counties have extended periods of up to 24 hours they enforce.
It’s important to recognize these tests are designed for people to fail in order to help police boost the numbers of their arrests. Police may exaggerate mistakes you make and downplay your coherence in their report, so keep a careful mental track of your side of the story.
The potential penalties you may face
It’s also important to realize that not only do you face immediate legal penalties for a DUI, you may also face long-term social or work related repercussions as well. The stigma of such conviction may follow you around in terms of increased insurance rates, classes, fines, work restrictions, and other ways that you may not at first be aware of.
Protecting yourself from these potential negative outcomes is why you need a qualified DUI Attorney.
The financial burden of a DUI
One of the top things on anyone’s mind who is charged with an alleged case of driving under the influence is the financial burden they will face. So when seeking out an attorney, it’s important to consider who you are giving your money and if it’s a wise investment. Keep the following in mind:
• You get what you pay for. An attorney at cheaper rates often doesn’t have the experience or proven success more expensive attorneys have.
• How much time will an attorney give you? It doesn’t matter if they have a great reputation – if they don’t have the time to dedicate to your defense, you need to find one who does.
• How much experience with your type of case do they have? Have they been successful? Nothing gives you confidence like having an attorney who has been here before and will not be surprised in the courtroom.
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