If you have been charged with DUI in Florida, you may feel like life as you know it is over. A DUI charge is very serious and the consequences can be devastating now and in the years to come, but an experienced DUI defense attorney can help you beat the charge or reduce the penalties. Conversely, if you were not intoxicated at the time of your arrest, do not fall into the trap of believing that innocence will save you from a conviction.
Please, do not try to go it alone. Call the Law Offices of Lee P. Marks, P.A. today to learn more about how we can help.
You Only Have 10 Days to Prevent Automatic License Suspension
If you have been charged with DUI, or with refusing to take a breath or chemical test, you need to know that your driver’s license will be automatically suspended, even if you have not gone to court or been convicted.
That may not seem “legal” but they get away with it because driving is considered a privilege, not a right, and the suspension is an administrative action by the Florida Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) rather than a criminal penalty.
To avoid automatic license suspension, you must request an administrative hearing with the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles within 10 days of being charged.
You want your DUI attorney involved from the very beginning. Attorney Lee Marks can help you maintain your driving privileges and, more importantly, will be able to gather evidence that is crucial to your criminal case at the administrative hearing.
Never Plead Guilty Without Talking to a DUI Attorney
Prosecutors will use all kinds of dirty tricks and manipulation tactics to get a conviction, and no matter how they spin it to you, a guilty plea is a conviction. They will tell you that you can save yourself a lot of time, money and trouble by just pleading guilty. That you cannot win by fighting, but if you give in now, they’ll take it easy on you.
Don’t fall for it. Always talk to an experienced DUI defense attorney before considering a guilty plea. There are cases in which a guilty plea will be your best option, but the deal that the prosecutor offers you will not be as favorable as the deal that your DUI defense attorney can negotiate for you.
In many cases, the charges against you simply will not hold up in court and your attorney can present the evidence needed to win at trial or to have the charges dropped before going to trial.
If you have been charged with DUI in the Miami – Ft. Lauderdale area, you have rights. Please do not gamble on your future. Call the Law Offices of Lee P. Marks, P.A. at 305-444-3343 or email us today to schedule your consultation.