What I Need To Know Before and After An Arrest For DUI

“An experienced DUI attorney knows all the nuances of DUI law and how to properly investigate and effectively challenge the evidence so that in the end their client can make an informed decision  on whether to settle their case or go to trial.”

Guy Fronstin began his career as a Prosecutor in Palm Beach County in 1992. In private practice as a criminal defense attorney since 1996, Guy uses his wealth of insider experience in the criminal justice system and countless trials to aggressively defend his clients. Guy is designated as a Florida Super Lawyer, a distinction limited to only 2.5% of Florida lawyers. As a trial attorney, William “Barry” Paul has represented thousands of clients in his career. As part of his ordinary habit in practice, he also makes heavy use of pretrial motions to fight his clients’ charges. Because of his active and persistent motion practice, Barry has successfully won on many legal issues, including Stand Your Ground and Motions to Suppress.

Q: What exactly is a DUI?

A: DUI is defined as operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs to the extent your normal faculties are “impaired”. Impairment includes the ability to see, hear, walk, talk, drive a car, act in emergencies, judge distances, make judgments, and in general, to normally perform the many mental and physical acts of our daily lives. To be found guilty of DUI the State must prove these elements “beyond a reasonable doubt.”

Q: What are the consequences of a DUI conviction in Florida?
A: A DUI conviction is a permanent criminal record that you can never expunge or seal. Additionally, a DUI defendant can be Sentenced to jail, probation, community service, drug and alcohol evaluations and treatment, fines and fees, driver license suspension, and believe it or not, even the car driven during the DUI gets punished and can not be driven for 10 days. In addition to the criminal court suspending a Defendant’s driver license, DMV will also administratively suspend the license if the Defendant blew .08 or higher or if they refused to submit a breath test (Note: DMV might not suspend the driver’s license if you contact them within 10 days of arrest).

Q: What evidence will the state use against me to prove the DUI?
A: First, if you provide a breath sample, the State will attempt to enter the breath results into evidence. Additionally, the prosecutor will use the officer’s “observations” of you, including driving pattern, smell of alcohol, slurred speech, and bloodshot eyes. The last and possibly most important evidence against a Defendant is their performance on the roadside tasks such as the Walk and Turn, One Leg Stand, Finger to Nose, and Alphabet. While these tasks are performed, the officer is typically video and audio recording them with his body cam and / or with an in-car camera.

Q: Why should i hire an accomplishedDUI attorney?
A: DUI is a very complicated offense with a myriad of legal and evidentiary issues and each DUI stands on its own because they are very fact and opinion specific offenses. Every issue MUST be investigated before a Defendant can make an educated and fully informed decision on how to resolve their case. An experienced DUI attorney knows all the nuances of DUI law and how to properly investigate and effectively challenge the evidence so that in the end their client can make an informed decision on whether to settle their case or go to trial.

Q: How much does it cost to defend a DUI?
A: Hiring an attorney is a very important decision. If you hire an attorney to accompany you to the first hearing to plead guilty to DUI or Reckless Driving, that will not cost much money. However, that kind of representation does not review, evaluate and challenge any of the evidence and therefore it rarely results in the best outcome for the Defendant. While the cost to hire an experienced and competent DUI attorney can be expensive, the benefit is worth every penny!


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