Facing a driving under the influence (DUI) charge in the state of Florida can be overwhelming. The penalties can be quite heavy and can put your freedoms, future, and reputation on the line. If you were arrested or charged with a DUI in Pinellas Park, you are not alone.
It is very important to act quickly before your charges are formalized. Mistakes do happen during a DUI case. In many cases, law enforcement officers and the equipment they use are not error-proof.
A dedicated DUI lawyer in Pinellas Park from Goldman Wetzel can begin working on your case quickly by calling (727) 828-3900. We are here to serve clients in Pinellas Park, and we are proud of the results that we achieve. In many cases, the charges against you could be reduced or dropped completely.
Common Penalties for a DUI
A DUI conviction in Florida can come with some serious penalties, especially if the intoxicated driver caused an accident or this is a repeat offense. Depending on the case, those penalties are:
Suspension of Driver’s License
A DUI conviction comes with a loss of driving privileges. The time period depends on the case.
A fine of up to $1,000 could be imposed on a first-time offender. The fine could double if the blood alcohol level (BAL) is over .15 or if there is a passenger in the car who is a minor. If this is a repeat offense, the fine could be up to $2,000 or, again, doubled if there is a minor as a passenger or the driver’s BAL is .15 or higher.
The Impoundment of Your Vehicle
If you are convicted of a DUI, the state will impound your vehicle for 10 days upon a first conviction. For each subsequent conviction, the time period increases. In some instances, the lawyers at Goldman Wetzel can prevent the judge from ordering the impound if it would create an undue hardship on someone else in your family.
Community Service Hours
Fifty hours of community service will be required for a DUI conviction. In some cases, a judge will allow the community service hours to be bought out for $10 for each service hour imposed.
A first time DUI offender could receive a probationary period of up to one year.
Being convicted of a DUI could result in a jail sentence. The initial sentence is up to six months in jail if the BAL is less than .15. A repeat offender could receive a longer sentence. For example, a four-time offender could possibly face a felony, and the penalty could be up to five years in prison.
Common Mistakes During a DUI Case
In many of the cases that the DUI lawyers in Pinellas Park from Goldman Wetzel have handled, errors have been discovered on the part of the law enforcement officers or the equipment they use to test blood alcohol levels.
In some cases, breathalyzers have been improperly calibrated. All equipment used to test BAL must undergo scheduled calibration to make rendering an accurate test result possible.
In other cases, we have discovered that law enforcement officers have made unlawful traffic stops that led to a DUI charge. An unlawful traffic stop means that the officer did not have a valid reason, such as an infraction, for conducting the traffic stop in the first place.
If you have been charged with a DUI, it is important to take action early so we can intervene before your charges become formalized. Speak with the DUI lawyers in Pinellas Park at Goldman Wetzel today by calling (727) 828-3900. We offer a free consultation to evaluate your case.
Working with a DUI Lawyer at Goldman Wetzel
At Goldman Wetzel, we take each of our criminal defense cases as a team. When you hire one of our dedicated defense attorneys, you hire both. We fully understand your rights when being charged for a DUI, and we will make sure they are upheld.
Summer Goldman is a committed criminal trial lawyer who began her career in 2001 as a prosecutor for the State Attorney’s Office in Pinellas County. She is dedicated to ensuring the rights of the accused are not violated at any time before, during, or following their arrest.
Maribeth Wetzel is a devoted trial attorney with a strong background in criminal trial practice. She has always advocated for those individuals who have been accused of serious crimes in Tampa Bay and handles all types of criminal cases in federal, state, local, and juvenile courts.
When being arrested in Pinellas Park for any crime, including DUI, make sure the arresting officer reads you your Miranda Rights then respectfully say to the officer that you do not wish to make any statement without the presence of your lawyer. When you are given the right to make a phone call, call Goldman Wetzel at (727) 828-3900.
A DUI Lawyer in Pinellas Park at Goldman Wetzel Can Help
We deliver the best service we possibly can by:
Listening to Your Side of the Story
Your side of the story matters to us. We will listen carefully to every detail and description of what happened and how it occurred. Your desired outcome is very important to us.
Conducting Comprehensive Research
Our goal is to find the defense approach that will be most helpful to your case. We conduct meticulous legal research and work with other experts and investigators to meet that goal.
Our Personal Touch With Prosecutors
It is our desire to help the prosecution see that you are not “just another criminal.” The consequences faced by a conviction have real, life-altering effects on you and your family.
Our process at Goldman Wetzel is a team effort. We work together to cover the details of your case, develop a strategy, and organize a defense to achieve the desired outcome.
Call Goldman Wetzel at (727) 828-3900 for a free evaluation of your case. We know your rights, and we are dedicated to protecting them.