I would say a large percentage of us have had one too many to drink at some point in our lives. The wise thing to do is never get behind the wheel of a car when you are intoxicated, and instead hand off the keys to a trusted family member or friend. Sounds easy, right? Then why are there so many DUIs?
In the state of Florida, when you are convicted of driving under the influence, you are facing a long road back to reclaiming your driving privileges. Besides the possibility of incarceration, the expenses you will have to pay for can really add up. From heavy fines to community service, plus probation and your license being suspended for at least 180 days, this is a nightmare for drivers.
Worst of all is the criminal record. Once you’ve been convicted of a DUI, you will have to live with that conviction on your record for a long time. Florida treats DUIs not only as just a driving infraction, but also a very serious crime. You can expect the incident to linger on your criminal record for some time.
You can fight a DUI as long as you have a strong defense. Your lawyer can review the facts of your drunk driving stop. There is a chance that “the stop” wasn’t even legal. Police officers don’t always follow the rules. Remember that breath test results are not foolproof. It’s possible that the Breathalyzer was not properly used or even that the test was mishandled.
If you are unlucky enough to receive a DUI, don’t give up hope. There is always a way to fight for your driving rights.