Fort Lauderdale, FL – The consequences of being convicted of a DUI in Florida are very serious. In addition to penalties such as fines, probation, community service, and jail time, a person convicted will have many other problems due to the conviction remaining on their record. Because of these serious issues, it is imperative that anyone who is charged retain the best defense lawyer they can find.
The length of the record
Once a person has formally received a conviction for their case, it will stay on their criminal record for 75 years. In practice, this means that a DUI conviction will essentially follow someone for the rest of their life. Florida law also forbids procedures such as expungement or sealing records when someone is trying to hide their DUI conviction. This means that the state has specifically created rules that will never allow someone to escape all their drunk driving arrest.
In addition to the criminal record, the person’s insurance and employment opportunities may be affected by the fact that their license suspension for a DUI will show up in background checks. This tends to affect people who drive commercial vehicles, pilots, those who need a professional license, and people who need security clearances the most. Additional insurance costs tend to amount to hundreds or thousands of dollars in the years following the conviction as well, due to the fact that some drivers may only be eligible for high risk insurance. There are also administrative fees that need to be paid to the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles to reinstate a suspended license or get a hardship license while serving a suspension.
How defense lawyers help avoid a conviction
The main reasons that the services of a DUI lawyer are important have to do with avoiding a conviction. Depending on the evidence available and whether proper procedures were followed by law enforcement, the case may be reduced, dropped, or dismissed. The lawyer can review the initial traffic stop, the field sobriety tests, the procedures for collecting a sample of breath, blood, or urine, and the questioning of the suspect by police. Any improperly collected evidence can be suppressed under the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. If crucial pieces of evidence have been eliminated in this manner, the state may not be able to progress and the charges can be dropped.
Driving under the influence cases in Florida
Anyone who has been arrested for DUI in the Fort Lauderdale area should contact a local attorney for assistance. Gabriela C. Novo is an experienced DUI defense lawyer who handles all aspects of criminal charges related to drunk driving.
Firm contact info:
200 SE 6th St., Suite 102, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301