If you’ve been arrested for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, you are probably concerned about the possibility of both doing jail time and losing your driver’s license. You also may not be sure what to do next. We are here to help you through this difficult situation.
A DUI (driving under the influence) is a criminal act which involves an individual operating an automobile, motorcycle, truck, or other forms of transportation while under the influence of alcohol, illegal drugs, controlled substances, or any other substance which may impair your ability to safely operate a vehicle.
You only have 10 days from the date of the DUI arrest to request an administrative hearing with the department of motor vehicles. At this point you may request to be granted hardship driving privileges while you are involved in the legal process of defending yourself against DUI charges.
As a law firm providing experienced DUI defense attorney & lawyer legal services in Lakeland, Sebring, Bartow, and surrounding areas, we are committed to protecting the legal rights of each and every DUI defense client, while always striving to provide the highest standard of legal representation.
If you have been charged with a DUI – driving under the influence crime, it is important to seek the legal advice and representation of an experienced Highlands County DUI attorney & lawyer. Contact Lopez & Humpries, P.A., by calling (863) 709-8500.
An individual may be arrested for a DUI offense even if they are not driving their vehicle. Simply sitting in the vehicle with the keys in the car may result in a DUI arrest. Additionally, driving under the influence charges are not relegated to just motor vehicles; as you may be arrested for a DUI while on a bicycle, moped, golf cart, or while operating any other form of transportation. While it may seem excessive, law enforcement and prosecutors tend to strictly enforce the laws regarding drinking and driving, and being under the influence of any substance which has the potential to cause property damage, injuries, or death.
Florida statues reference mandatory prosecution if you have been found to be driving:
With a Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) of 0.08% or more;
While impaired in any way;
With any presence in your body of a “Schedule 1 drug” or cocaine.
We will inform you of your legal rights, examine all evidence against you, as well as evidence that supports your claim of innocence, and inform you of your best possible defense strategy. We will diligently work on your behalf to get the charges dropped, reduced, obtain probation instead of jail or prison time, and when necessary, use every available legal resource while aggressively representing you at trial.
The longer an individual waits to obtain legal representation may directly affect their ability to achieve a successful outcome. Therefore, if you have been charged with a DUI – driving under the influence crime, it is important to seek the legal advice and representation of an experienced DUI attorney or lawyer as soon as possible. Contact Lopez & Humpries, P.A., today at (863)709-8500.
Help, I May Lose My License!
Your ability to drive may be affected by a DUI arrest. Once you retain our firm we will immediately request an administrative hearing in an effort to prevent you from losing your license. Time is of the essence. You only have 10 days from the date of your arrest to request this type of hearing. Although self representation is permitted in an administrative hearing, it can be a frustrating and complicated process.
What if My Loved One is in Jail for a DUI related Offense?
If someone you know is in jail because he or she has been arrested for a simple DUI, DUI manslaughter, DUI with property damage or DUI with serious bodily injury, contact our firm so we can schedule a jail visit for a free case evaluation. We will request a bond hearing and fight for a lower dollar amount so that you can afford to bond your loved one out of jail.
What should I do with My Companion Traffic Citations?
If you have been arrested for a DUI related crime, chances are you have been cited for other non-criminal traffic related offenses. These traffic citations should be handled with your DUI. Although these citations may appear to be the least of your worries, great care should be given to resolving them. Often times, the citations are the basis for the initial stop that led to your arrest. Our experienced DUI attorneys will evaluate your case to determine if the officer who arrested you had a legitimate reason to stop you in the first place. A bad stop can provide a basis for a Motion to Suppress or Motion to Dismiss.
How Will My Traffic Citations Affect My Ability to Drive in the Future?
You should know that traffic citations can have a direct effect on your ability to drive. If you receive a certain amount of points within a specific time frame, the Department of Motor Vehicles may suspend your driver’s license. Additionally, your insurance rates can increase. Contact our attorneys to handle your traffic tickets so that you can minimize the risks of losing your license and/or paying increased premiums for automobile insurance.
The attorneys at The Law Offices of Lopez & Humpries, P.A. are experienced DUI attorneys. We will explore ALL possible motions and defenses and aggressively fight for your rights. Call (863)709-8500 for a free case evaluation.