A simple lapse in judgment or momentary indiscretion can easily land anyone with DUI charges. Being arrested for DUI is humbling and stressful, and it could mean various penalties from hefty fines to jail time. Plus, you risk losing your driving privileges, which could hinder your ability to get to work or school.
You need legal representation to help you exercise your rights and effectively defend your case. Our DUI lawyers in Sarasota have helped numerous defendants in Sarasota County manage their cases and protect their driving privileges after their arrest. We know how to pursue positive outcomes for our clients, such as dismissals, plea bargains, and reduced charges.
But we must act quickly — within 10 days after the arrest — to request a hearing to try to get your license reinstated until your hearing. Call Goldman Wetzel today at 941-405-5193 for a free consultation with one of our Sarasota DUI lawyers for immediate assistance.
How Can Goldman Wetzel Help with My DUI Case in Sarasota?
With over 30 years of combined legal experience, trial attorneys Summer Goldman and Maribeth Wetzel have the knowledge and strategies to handle any type of DUI case, from first-time offenses to DUI vehicular accidents involving injuries.
Our attorneys’ backgrounds include working as state prosecutor and in criminal defense in Sarasota and surrounding areas, so local judges and state attorneys are accustomed to seeing us in the courtroom. Our experience in court works to your benefit. With our insider’s perspective of both sides of criminal cases, we know how the criminal system works and what it takes to guide a defendant through it.
Unlike other firms, our attorneys work together on every case they manage, formulating the best plan of action for each client. Having multiple DUI attorneys working on your behalf can give you a better opportunity for a positive resolution.
From the moment you enlist in our services, we will spring into action to protect your best interests.
When you call us for your free consultation, we will briefly discuss your situation, what you are up against, and how we may be able to help.
We will answer any questions you may have and explain our fees. We will also tell you how to retain us so we can get to work.
Once we are on the case, we will request a hearing to try to get your license back, and then begin brainstorming, collecting evidence, and building your defense.
We will attend all hearings with you and take the appropriate and necessary steps to protect your rights and fight for the best outcome. Our staff will be readily available to answer your questions along the way and keep you abreast of the status of your case until it concludes.
What Types of Penalties Do I Face for DUI?
The penalties you face depend on the number of your past convictions, your blood alcohol content (BAC) results, and whether there were any aggravating factors such as having a minor in the car at the time of the alleged violation. A lot also depends on the effectiveness of your lawyer and the quality of your defense.
Some of the potential penalties and consequences you face include:
- Fines up to $5,000
- Community service (mandatory 50 hours)
- Probation and/or jail time
- Impoundment of your vehicle
- Having to get an ignition interlock device
- A residential alcoholism or drug abuse treatment program
- Increased insurance premiums
DUI convictions stay on your record permanently, which could tarnish your reputation and affect your career and civic opportunities. It is imperative to consult a lawyer as soon as possible to mitigate your penalties.
Can Goldman Wetzel Help Reduce the Penalties I Am Facing?
If you get us involved early enough, we will always endeavor to get your charges dropped. If dropped charges are not a possibility, we may be able to get your penalties reduced with a plea bargain or by other appropriate means.
We know which defenses are available, what would make sense for your case, and how to go about defending your DUI charges. There are many viable defenses we may use, depending upon the unique factors of your case.
Example DUI defenses:
- The officer had no probable cause to pull you over.
- The officer misjudged the results of the field sobriety test.
- The breathalyzer was defective or improperly calibrated.
- You were on medication or have a condition that altered the results of the breath or field sobriety tests.
- You were not driving and did not have physical control of the car.
- The officers did not read you your Miranda rights.
You have a lot riding on the outcome of your case. Let us develop a strong defense for you.
I Was Arrested for DUI in Sarasota. What Do I Do Now?
Do not provide more than your basic information to the officers. Saying too much can hurt your case. Instead, invoke your rights by telling the officer you wish to speak to your attorney before answering any more questions. Then call our office at the first available moment (941-405-5193). If you do not contact a lawyer, you might miss out on the opportunity to get your license back.
If you contact us straightaway, we may be able to deter the state from filing formal DUI charges against you. If the state has already charged you, we will explain what you are facing, what the next steps are, and how you can help your case in the meantime.
Summer and Maribeth will work diligently as your legal advocates and present the facts clearly and effectively, giving you the best chance at a dismissal or reduced penalties. Call Goldman Wetzel today at 941-405-5193 and request a free consultation with our DUI lawyers.