Strategic Defense Against DUI Charges In Fort Myers
Driving under the influence (DUI) is, by far, the criminal charge that most affects ordinary people. Being arrested for DUI could result in the suspension of your driver’s license, even if you are never convicted in court. Florida has an “implied consent” law, which means that if you refuse a police officer’s request to take a breath test, you can lose your license for up to 18 months.
If you have been arrested on suspicion of DUI/driving while intoxicated (DWI), we encourage you to contact Aiken & O’Halloran immediately. You may have just 10 days to request an administrative hearing or forfeit your driving privileges. The administrative hearing is separate from your criminal case, and there is a brief span of time in which you can take steps to protect your driving privileges while your DUI case progresses.
For a free consultation, please call us at 239-955-6715 or complete our contact form. Our DUI defense lawyers represent clients throughout Fort Myers and the surrounding areas.
Put Our Trial Lawyers On Your Side
Our veteran trial attorneys are experienced in not only effective cross-examination but also legal technicalities that could lead to a reduction or dismissal of charges. If this is your first DUI, then you need to thoroughly explore all your options before resolving your case. If this is not your first DUI charge, you may be facing mandatory jail or loss of your driver’s license for five to 10 years or, in some cases, life.
Contact us immediately for a free consultation on any of the following subjects:
- License revocations or suspensions
- Administrative hearings
- Breath test results
- DUI penalties
- DUI manslaughter/homicide
- Work permits
- Resisting arrest in connection with DUI
- DUI school
- DUI accidents
- License reinstatements
- College student DUI and spring break DUI
- Underage DUI
What Happens When You Get A DUI Charge In Florida?
While consequences can depend on individual circumstances, those found guilty of DUI in Florida can expect expensive fines and potential long-term jail time. First-time offenders in Florida can expect to pay between $500 and $2,000 in fines and spend up to six months in jail. Some first-time offenders may even be required to perform a certain number of hours of community service. For those found guilty of a second or third DUI conviction, the fines and jail time are nearly double those of first-time offenses.
How Long Can A DUI Stay On Your Record?
In Florida, a DUI conviction can often stay on your record for 75 years, and the state does not let drivers expunge these charges. The Sunshine State’s punishments for those found guilty of a DUI can be unforgiving, so it’s vital to seek experienced legal counsel to help you aggressively fight these charges.
There May Be Flaws In The Case Against You
Your stop may have been the result of a routine checkpoint or a minor traffic infraction. Typically, a DUI arrest is based simply on the officer’s opinion that you did not perform to the officer’s satisfaction on a series of so-called voluntary roadside sobriety exercises. Additionally, Breathalyzers and Intoxilyzers are not infallible. Operators of these machines do make mistakes. A single officer’s biased opinion may have been enough for an arrest, but often, the officer’s opinion is insufficient for a conviction in court.
Why Choose Aiken & O’Halloran?
When you’re facing a DUI charge, there is no time to waste. You must act fast if you wish to protect your freedom and future. We understand how much a DUI charge can ruin your life and we know that you need a strong defense counsel that you can rely on. Our attorneys can often begin your defense before prosecutors officially charge you. They’re also former prosecutors, so they have seen countless DUI cases from the other side. They know prosecutors’ motivations and intentions because they’ve walked in their shoes and made the same decisions they’ve had to make. Not every criminal defense team has this experience, so when you work with ours, you can rest easy knowing that you have a legal leg up in negotiations and the courtroom.