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Five Mistakes to Avoid After a Florida DUI Arrest

Five Mistakes to Avoid After a Florida DUI Arrest

Posted By Parks & Braxton, PA || 19-Sep-2016

A DUI arrest can be a frightening experience, especially if you have never been accused of a crime before. But don’t panic! Remember that just because you have been accused of a crime does not make you guilty, and you are entitled to defend yourself against your charges. In order to potentially increase your chance of success, consider this list of things you should avoid and immediately get in touch with a qualified, reputable attorney at Parks & Braxton, PA.

Arrested? Avoid making these five common mistakes:

  • Forgetting your rights. If you are pulled over by law enforcement on suspicion of DUI, remember your rights! You have the right to remain silent and to not incriminate yourself. Politely explain to the officer that you will not answer any of their questions until you have exercised your right to contact an attorney – then do so!
  • Assuming you are guilty. Even if an officer has determined that your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) exceeds the legal limit of .08%, there may be other factors in play that you might not even be aware of. For instance, did you know that mouthwash or even certain medical conditions may affect your BAC? Leave it to your attorney to determine what type of case you have and what defenses may be available to you.
  • Missing important deadlines. Time is of the essence after an arrest. Be aware that if you do not take immediate action after a DUI arrest, you may lose your driving privileges for an extended period of time and face harsh penalties including jail time, fines, and more.
  • Driving without a license. Your driver’s license will be suspended automatically unless you contest your charges at a DHSMV hearing (you have 10 days only to request this hearing!) If your driving privileges have been suspended, do not drive! If you are caught, you will face even more severe penalties.
  • Hiring an inexperienced attorney. With so much riding on the outcome of your case, including jail time, fines, a loss of your license, and potential damage to your reputation and ability to find work, don’t risk it by hiring the wrong attorney. At Parks & Braxton, PA, we have more than 40 years of combined experience and have successfully defended thousands of criminal and DUI cases. You can trust that we have what it takes to achieve the most favorable outcome possible for you.

A Fort Lauderdale DUI lawyer at our firm is prepared to discuss your case during a free and confidential consultation. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, including nights, weekends, and holidays to answer your call. Don’t wait another moment for the help you need to potentially have your charges reduced or dropped.

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