Most likely, you or someone you care about has been charged or arrested for Driving Under the Influence (DUI) or you would not have found our website. DUI can have serious consequences, which affect your job, family, finances, future, and even your freedom. The attorneys at GMV Law Group have been defending DUI cases in Florida since 2008. For years, we have helped defendants deal with the unfair and life altering penalties and consequences that are disproportionate in comparison to their crimes and actions. Even worse, we have seen many defendants that were charged even though they were completely innocent. Despite your past or current situation, you can count on the experience and expertise of GMV Law Group. Our attorneys are passionate about justice and zealously advocate for our clients. We go to great lengths to ensure that our clients are protected. Don’t let one bad decision affect you for the rest of your life! DO NOT PLEAD GUILTY. Let us help you.
TEN DAY RULE
From the date a defendant is arrested for DUI, they have ten days that they can drive before their driving privileges are suspended. After the arrest, police will confiscate the arrestee’s driver’s license, and the DUI ticket will serve as a temporary driver’s license. During that ten-day period, a defendant should request an Administrative Hearing with the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) to contest the suspension of their license or request a hardship license if they’re eligible. If a hearing is not requested or a defendant chooses not to appear, their license will automatically be suspended for at least six months if their breath test results were above the legal limit of .08 or at least one year they refused to submit to a breath test. At this hearing, a defendant may request driving privileges for limited purposes, such a work. If a defendant has no prior DUI arrests, they can waive their right to contest the automatic license suspension and immediately begin the process for a hardship license. This is an important decision that you will need to make, our attorneys can help you consider the pros and cons of this decision.
To legally stop a vehicle, Officers must have either a reasonable suspicion or probable cause. They also have a duty to gather and collect evidence that is helpful to the prosecution and the defense. Most police departments equip their cruisers with surveillance equipment and require that it be utilized. Additionally, some departments have begun using body-worn cameras. If a video was available and not utilized, a defendant may have motions available to them that could result in dismissal. Our attorneys will review the procedures used during and after an arrest to determine whether any mistakes were made that can result in charges being dropped or reduced.
HOW CAN OUR SOUTH FLORIDA DUI ATTORNEYS HELP YOU?
Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties
The penalties and mandatory minimum sentencing for DUI and DUI related offenses have steadily increased over the past 20 years. This is a result of lobbying by special interest groups, including insurance companies and MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving). They have encouraged the Florida Legislature to pass tougher and tougher penalties for anyone charged or convicted of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The State Attorney’s office will use all available resources to secure a conviction, regardless of an individual’s specific circumstances. It is therefore very important that you or a loved one get an attorney that is experienced in handling these types of cases. At GMV Law Group, we understand that trouble sometimes finds good people, and was here to help.
GMV Law Group specializes in the following DUI related matters:
DRUNK DRIVING CONVICTION CONSEQUENCES IN FLORIDA
A DUI can seriously impact the rest of your life, that is why it’s important that you have an experienced Florida DUI lawyer to fight for you. DUI cases require a “mandatory adjudication.” That means you will be formally convicted of a crime, and have a permanent criminal record. It would also result in significant fines, court costs, community service hours, vehicle immobilization, an ignition interlock device, the loss of driving privileges, DUI school, and potentially even jail time.
At GMV Law Group, we know what you are going through now and will continue to go through during this difficult process. We know how to defend against a Florida DUI charge, whether it is the first offense with no property damage and no personal injury or whether it be a second, third or subsequent offense with property damage, personal injury or even death. Regardless of the circumstances, we can help.
A DUI conviction can bring the following penalties:
- a permanent and unsealable criminal record
- a year of probation that comes with additional costs and requirements
- driver’s license suspension
- DUI school
- required alcohol treatment
- required counseling
- community service hours
- vehicle immobilization
- vehicle impoundment
- court costs
- ignition interlock device being installed on your vehicle
- jail time
- increased insurance premiums or
- loss of insurance coverage
The experienced DUI attorneys at GMV Law Group can help you avoid many, if not all, of these penalties. You may not have to be subjected to these harsh punishments and the stigma of a permanent criminal record. Many people believe that if this is there first offence, and they have never been in trouble, then they can avoid jail time. This is a common misconception. Do not assume you will receive a light sentence.