If you or a loved one are in a situation concerning a DUI charge, contact a Brandon, FL DUI lawyer at Olivero Law, P.A.
A DUI charge is a serious matter, and should therefore be treated as such. A DUI can have implications on your record, as well as your future, and employment opportunities. Having a defense lawyer whom you can trust is crucial to your DUI case and the potential outcome.
An individual is charged with a DUI when they are driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and are caught by police. Most believe that a DUI can only occur in trucks or cars. However, individuals can incur a DUI while operating a golf cart, bicycle, ATV, or motorcycle as well.
When an individual’s driving on the road seems impaired or chaotic, a police officer may think it best to pull them over to check to see if they are under the influence. Sometimes, police officers will pull over a vehicle for another reason such as running a stop sign, or red light, or for speeding. If the police officer smells alcohol or suspects the driver is under the influence, they will test the driver. These tests are administered by a police officer and can detect if the driver has been drinking or using drugs. A breathalyzer for example measures the driver’s blood-alcohol concentration. If the driver’s blood-alcohol concentration is 0.08% or higher the driver can be charged. Even if the driver’s driving is unimpaired by their drug or alcohol use, if their blood alcohol concentration level is 0.08% or higher they can still be charged.
After being charged with a DUI, the defendant will be arrested. After arrest, he or she will go to court for their arraignment. During the arraignment, the driver will be formally charged with a DUI. Having a DUI lawyer whom you can trust is critical for the success of your case, as well as your own peace of mind throughout the legal process. Depending on whether the defendant has a criminal record or a repeated DUI charge may change the severity of the charge and sentencing. The defendant has to decide with their attorney whether or not they will plead guilty or not guilty. The defendant may have an option at this point to request a jury trial, or not. A plea bargain can also be requested by the defendant, and should carefully be considered especially for first-time offenders. For example, a plea bargain may reduce the DUI sentencing to reckless driving for some defendants.
Those convicted of a DUI will more than likely have their license suspended. If a plea bargain is taken, the driver may be permitted a license after a certain amount of time has passed. Each DUI case may differ depending on many variables. Having a DUI lawyer who can fight for their client’s rights is critical. If you are in need of such an attorney, contact Olivero Law, P.A. and work with a DUI lawyer Brandon residents can trust.