Ft. Lauderdale, FL – DUI is a serious crime in Florida. People who are charged may experience a number of problems with paying fines, reinstating their driving privileges, and dealing with the consequences of a criminal record. Having a conviction may also affect future employment prospects, insurance costs, and require substance abuse treatment.
For these reasons, it is imperative that anyone who has been charged gets help from an experienced attorney. The right kind of legal representation can be the difference between a conviction and a more favorable outcome.
Reviewing the evidence
DUI cases are fairly complex because they include traffic law and traffic stops, physical exercises conducted at the site of the stop, chemical evidence from a test for drugs or alcohol, and a number of procedures that the police must follow at each step of the interaction. If there was an accident caused by the suspect, there will be additional investigations and the person may be charged with more serious crimes.
An attorney who is experienced in these aspects of the law will know how to review the evidence for problems and incorrect police procedures. The suspect should be informed of their rights before any arrest and given the chance to speak with their lawyer before answering questions.
Suppressing illegally collected evidence
The Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution guarantees that all people should not face criminal consequences from illegally collected evidence or seizures by the government. In DUI cases, this means that all evidence that was not collected properly can potentially be suppressed and excluded from the state’s case after the defense files a motion to suppress. If the defense attorney’s motion is successful, things like evidence collected after an illegal traffic stop or improperly collected chemical sample cannot be used against the defendant at all. Even the field sobriety exercises conducted at the scene must be done properly or they can be excluded.
Charges may be reduced or dropped if the defense can move to get crucial pieces of evidence excluded.
Advice regarding the best course of action
All people who seek out legal representation fundamentally need some kind of advice to help resolve their problems. This is true for DUI cases as well. There are options such as accepting a plea deal, going to trial, or attempting to fight the state’s charges in other ways that must be considered.
Local help with DUI defense
People who have been charged with DUI in the Fort Lauderdale area can speak with an attorney to start the process of representation and get immediate help. Gabriela C. Novo is an experienced criminal defense attorney in Florida.
Firm contact info:
200 SE 6th St., Suite 102, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301