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Our clients have many of the same fears and concerns. To get started, we’ve compiled answers to many of the most frequently asked questions about Federal, Florida DUI and criminal law, covering a wide range of topics to help each client understand the potential implications and options of many legal situations.

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  • What is implied consent law in Florida?

    By driving in the state of Florida, you have agreed to any breath or sobriety test required by Florida law (it’s on your Florida driver’s license). Once the arresting officer has probable cause to believe you are under the influence, they will request that you take a breath test. If you refuse to take the breath test, the officer must then read you Florida Implied Consent Warnings.

    These warnings will inform you that you are under arrest for driving under the influence and that you are being offered a breath test in order to determine the alcohol content of your blood. Should you refuse to take a breath test (or urine test for controlled substances), the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) will suspend your driving privilege for 6 months for driving with an unlawful blood alcohol level (DUBAL) or for 1 year if you refuse, and 18 months if you have previously been suspended for refusing to submit to a breath, blood or urine test.

    If you are not given these warnings by the officer and you refused to submit to a test, then you have not been advised of your rights under Florida’s implied consent law and there will be arguments that can be made in an attempt to keep the evidence of your refusal out of court.

    Do You Need A Miami DUI Defense Laywer?

    If you find yourself charged with DUI in Miami you need to speak with an experienced DUI attorney as soon as possible. Please contact me online or call my Coral Gables office directly at 305.707.7345. You should also download my free book "A Six Pack Of Questions That Can Cause A Hangover After A DUI Arrest". This free download provides valuable information and answers to questions about DUI charges that can give you the best chance at winning your case.

  • If I win my administrative review hearing, will this mean that my criminal case will be dropped?

    No.  There are two (2) separate parts of a DUI case.  The first part is conducted and overseen by the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles and relates only to the suspension of your driving privileges.  The second part is prosecuted by the State Attorney’s Office in either County or Circuit court.  The outcome in one arena has no bearing on the other.

    Do You Need A Miami DUI Defense Laywer?

    If you find yourself charged with DUI in Miami you need to speak with an experienced DUI attorney as soon as possible. Please contact me online or call my Coral Gables office directly at 305.707.7345. You should also download my free book "A Six Pack Of Questions That Can Cause A Hangover After A DUI Arrest". This free download provides valuable information and answers to questions about DUI charges that can give you the best chance at winning your case.

  • How long will my license be suspended?

    If you are unable to invalidate the suspension of your driver’s license at the administrative hearing your driving privileges may be suspended for an extended period of time.  If you have refused to submit to a lawful breath, blood or urine test, your license will be administratively suspended for one (1) year for a first refusal, or for eighteen (18) months if you have previously refused such tests.  If you take a test and had an unlawful blood alcohol level (.08% or higher), your license will be suspended for six (6) months for a first offense, or for one (1) year if your driving privilege has been suspended previously.

    Do You Need A Miami DUI Defense Laywer?

    If you find yourself charged with DUI in Miami you need to speak with an experienced DUI attorney as soon as possible. Please contact me online or call my Coral Gables office directly at 305.707.7345. You should also download my free book "A Six Pack Of Questions That Can Cause A Hangover After A DUI Arrest". This free download provides valuable information and answers to questions about DUI charges that can give you the best chance at winning your case.

  • How can they prove I was DUI, I wasn’t even drunk?

    To prove you are guilty of driving under the influence, the prosecutor does not have to necessarily prove you were ‘drunk’ but rather that you were driving (or in actual physical control) and were under the influence of alcohol, drugs or controlled substances to the point that your normal faculties were impaired.

    The prosecutor will intend to prove you are guilty of DUI by showing the jury your driving pattern, your behavior, signs of impairment and officer’s observations, your performance on roadside sobriety exercises, your breath reading or through your refusal to submit to tests as consciousness of guilt.

    Florida law establishes presumptions that go along with the breath reading that the jury may infer someone was either under the influence or not under the influence. However, that evidence can be overcome through other evidence. For example, if you blow below a .05, the law says the jury can assume that you are not under the influence. Remember alcohol affects everyone differently and you may be in trouble if there is other damaging evidence that the prosecutor can use to show the jury that you were in fact under the influence to the point that your normal faculties were impaired. On the other hand, someone who has a breath reading of .08 or above is to be presumed under the influence according to Florida law, but that person may be able to show other evidence (i.e. performance on roadside sobriety exercises, video or lack of a poor driving pattern) to rebut that they are NOT under the influence.

    Do You Need A Miami DUI Defense Laywer?

    If you find yourself charged with DUI in Miami you need to speak with an experienced DUI attorney as soon as possible. Please contact me online or call my Coral Gables office directly at 305.707.7345. You should also download my free book "A Six Pack Of Questions That Can Cause A Hangover After A DUI Arrest". This free download provides valuable information and answers to questions about DUI charges that can give you the best chance at winning your case.

  • How can I fight the administrative suspension of my driver’s license?

    When your life is turned upside down as a result of a DUI arrest, you must act quickly as time is of the essence.  You have ten (10) days to file a notice to appeal your administrative suspension.  Your  DUI attorney will be able to file the notice for you and request a driving permit to extend your driving privileges for another month.  At the formal review hearing your attorney will be able to fight the administrative suspension of your driver’s license by subpoenaing the officers and challenging all aspects of the DUI arrest, from the stop itself to the procedures and equipment used by law enforcement.

    Do You Need A Miami DUI Defense Laywer?

    If you find yourself charged with DUI in Miami you need to speak with an experienced DUI attorney as soon as possible. Please contact me online or call my Coral Gables office directly at 305.707.7345. You should also download my free book "A Six Pack Of Questions That Can Cause A Hangover After A DUI Arrest". This free download provides valuable information and answers to questions about DUI charges that can give you the best chance at winning your case.

  • What happens if I’m convicted of DUI and I am underage?

    If you are under 21 and found guilty of underage DUI, your penalties will include:

    • Mandatory six (6) month license suspension
    • Jail time depending on breath/blood alcohol level (BAC) and other factors
    • Mandatory alcohol education
    • Community service
    • Fines up to $2,000
    • Increased insurance premiums for up to five (5) years

    Anyone charged with DUI faces very serious consequences and finds themselves in a frightening situation. If you are under the age of 21 the consequences have the potential to become even more serious as it is illegal for someone under the age of 21 to purchase or consume alcohol, let alone get behind the wheel of a vehicle while under the influence. Florida has a zero tolerance policy for persons under 21 who are believed to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol while they are operating a vehicle.

    A driver under the age of 21 suspected of being DUI (under the influence of drugs or alcohol) must submit to breath and/or blood tests. As a result of Florida’s zero tolerance policy for underage drivers, the maximum blood alcohol content for a person under 21 is .02%. The mere fact that someone accused of DUI is under 21 will not result in sympathy, nor will the State Attorney’s Office cut you any slack. In fact, under Florida law, juveniles arrested for DUI are prosecuted in adult court.

    In addition, most of those arrested for DUI and are under 21 face serious consequences such as not getting certain jobs, losing scholarships, being denied acceptance into college or graduate school programs, obtaining professional licenses and even being expelled from school altogether.

    Do You Need A Miami DUI Defense Laywer?

    If you find yourself charged with DUI in Miami you need to speak with an experienced DUI attorney as soon as possible. Please contact me online or call my Coral Gables office directly at 305.707.7345. You should also download my free book "A Six Pack Of Questions That Can Cause A Hangover After A DUI Arrest". This free download provides valuable information and answers to questions about DUI charges that can give you the best chance at winning your case.

  • Am I guilty if I have a blood alcohol level of .08%?

    DUI is a criminal charge, and in any criminal case it is unconstitutional to have a presumption that the defendant is guilty. You are innocent until proven guilty beyond and to the exclusion of every reasonable doubt. A defendant that has a blood alcohol level of .08% or above faces evidence that on its face, shows that the person is under the influence and that their normal faculties are impaired.

    Do You Need A Miami DUI Defense Laywer?

    If you find yourself charged with DUI in Miami you need to speak with an experienced DUI attorney as soon as possible. Please contact me online or call my Coral Gables office directly at 305.707.7345. You should also download my free book "A Six Pack Of Questions That Can Cause A Hangover After A DUI Arrest". This free download provides valuable information and answers to questions about DUI charges that can give you the best chance at winning your case.

  • If I am found to have a blood alcohol level of .08% or above, why should I fight my case?

    A DUI conviction will always appear on your record. Florida has mandatory adjudication laws for even a first-time DUI. Formal adjudication means that your DUI will become part of your permanent record and you will not be able to expunge it in the future. This can result in serious consequences for the rest of your life as you attempt to maintain a job, apply for a job, continue your education or receive professional licenses. By hiring a DUI attorney you can ensure that your case is defended with zeal and that any and all possible defenses and challenges are raised to protect your rights. A DUI attorney can challenge many parts of your DUI arrest, such as the stop itself, the investigation, the tests given by law enforcement and the equipment used to administer tests.

    Do You Need A Miami DUI Defense Laywer?

    If you find yourself charged with DUI in Miami you need to speak with an experienced DUI attorney as soon as possible. Please contact me online or call my Coral Gables office directly at 305.707.7345. You should also download my free book "A Six Pack Of Questions That Can Cause A Hangover After A DUI Arrest". This free download provides valuable information and answers to questions about DUI charges that can give you the best chance at winning your case.

  • Do I even stand a chance with any the best DUI defenses?

    DUI law is very complex and there are numerous issues that need to be looked at, analyzed and attacked when defending a DUI. The best DUI defense comes down to the unique facts of your case and how they can be applied to potential defenses that may be available to you.

    I look at every aspect of the incident from the time the police officer stopped you all the way through the moment the cell door shut behind you. DUI cases have many layers and your defense attorney needs to be thorough, creative and aggressive when defending you.

    A few examples, challenging the basis for the stop, observations made by the officer, roadside sobriety tests, breath results, statements made, breath test challenges, implied consent warnings, video and a slew of other things to make sure the government can meet its burden before it can convict you of DUI. Many people refer to these as technicalities, I view this is me doing my job to fight for your rights and hold the government to its burden to prove you guilty. You do not have to prove you’re innocent!

    Do You Need A Miami DUI Defense Laywer?

    If you find yourself charged with DUI in Miami you need to speak with an experienced DUI attorney as soon as possible. Please contact me online or call my Coral Gables office directly at 305.707.7345. You should also download my free book "A Six Pack Of Questions That Can Cause A Hangover After A DUI Arrest". This free download provides valuable information and answers to questions about DUI charges that can give you the best chance at winning your case.

  • I was not driving, how can they prove I was DUI?

    Under Florida law the prosecutor can prove you are guilty of DUI by showing that you were driving or in actual physical control of a motor vehicle and that your normal faculties were impaired. A person is in actual physical control of a motor vehicle when they are in a vehicle and have the ability (present and apparent) to move the vehicle.

    This means that you do not have to be driving to be convicted of DUI. Actually, a lot of DUI arrests begin with the accused doing the right thing by deciding to sleep inside their car outside of the establishment in which they consumed alcohol.

    There are potential legal issues in actual physical control cases that deal with parked cars such as where you were parked, if you were parked legally and whether the police had the ability to even approach you while you were in your vehicle.

    Do You Need A Miami DUI Defense Laywer?

    If you find yourself charged with DUI in Miami you need to speak with an experienced DUI attorney as soon as possible. Please contact me online or call my Coral Gables office directly at 305.707.7345. You should also download my free book "A Six Pack Of Questions That Can Cause A Hangover After A DUI Arrest". This free download provides valuable information and answers to questions about DUI charges that can give you the best chance at winning your case.