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DUI Frequently Asked Questions
Florida DUI charges are anything but simple. If you were arrested for DUI or are facing charges, you need to know everything you can to protect your rights. Below, we answer a few common questions about DUI to help you stay informed and prepared.
Can I obtain a temporary permit to drive while my license is suspended?
Yes. However, you must act quickly. You only have ten days to apply for, and receive, your temporary driver's license. It typically takes several days, so don’t procrastinate. Immediately after your arrest, we encourage you to contact our office so we can walk you through this process.
Can I settle my case without a court appearance?
In most cases, your attorney can go to court on your behalf. In misdemeanor court, this is very common. However, if you were charged with a felony DUI, you may be required to attend court with your attorney.
What fees and expenses can I expect to pay for legal representation?
Legal fees vary on a case-by-case basis because they depend on several different factors. To help make things easier, we offer free consultations to explain the laws applicable to your charges, your options moving forward, and our payment plans. Fees dependent on your case details, like the type of accident involvement, breath test levels, and your prior driving record. These details will determine the severity of your criminal charges. Generally speaking, the more serious the charge, the higher the fee due to the increase in complexity. However, we offer multiple ways to set up payment plans to accommodate our clients’ financial situations.
If I'm stopped by a police officer and they ask if I've been drinking, what should I say?
You can politely inform the officer that you would rather not answer any questions about what you have been doing prior to the traffic stop. Remember to be courteous, but remember that you are under no obligation to answer any questions about the consumption of alcohol or drugs.
What is the difference between a misdemeanor and a felony?
Misdemeanor and felony charges are the categories for lesser and more serious criminal acts. A misdemeanor is not as severe and will typically result in a lesser punishment and lower fines, where a felony charge will be more serious. A misdemeanor DUI has a maximum sentence of 11 months, 29 days in the county jail. The lowest level felony DUI has a maximum sentence of 5 years in prison.
What should I do if I'm asked to take field sobriety tests?
You are under no legal duty whatsoever to cooperate with taking field sobriety exercises. You do not have to complete the walk the line test, the touch the nose test, or the watch the pen HGN test. If you submit to any of these field sobriety tests, they will be used as evidence against you. Our attorneys recommend you politely decline any field sobriety tests if asked. Always remain courteous to the officer because these types of encounters are typically recorded and can be used as evidence against you.
Do you need help with a DUI case? These FAQs can help get the ball rolling, but if you are ready to discuss your case with an attorney, we’re here to help. Call (850) 999-0006 today to get started.
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