If you have been arrested and charged with a crime in Ft. Lauderdale, you need a criminal defense attorney with experience to handle your case. Defendants all over the Ft. Lauderdale area including Broward, Miami-Dade, Palm Beach and Monroe County have turned to this office to ensure their rights are protected. If you are facing a DUI charge in Fort Lauderdale you may not know your rights or how to avoid losing your driving privileges.
What You May Not Know Before You Are Arrested
When someone is stopped on suspicion of a DUI they may be unaware the stop may be illegal. Police officers are not allowed to stop you just because they “think” you may be driving under the influence. Law enforcement must have probable cause to stop any motor vehicle on Fort Lauderdale roadways. A police officer must have a valid reason for the stop and if an attorney can prove the reason was invalid, the DUI charge against you may be dropped.
Implied Consent and License Suspension
Under Florida statutes, if you are arrested for a DUI charge, you are obligated to submit to either a breathalyzer test, a blood test or a urine test. If you refuse this testing, you can lose your driver’s license for a period of one year. However, you can also appeal this decision if it is done within 10 days of your arrest. Macri Law Firm can tell you how to handle this issue. In nearly all cases, you should ask for, and be granted, permission to speak with an attorney before consenting to any type of sobriety test.
Breathalyzer Tests in Florida
You should also know even if you take a breathalyzer test, there are several reasons fir inaccurate test results. Your attorney must review your medical history, diet and your smoking habits. In addition, the knowledge of the person administering the test and the machine calibration can be challenged in court. Remember, just because the machine records a high BAC does not mean it is accurate nor does it automatically mean you will be found guilty of a DUI.
If you have been arrested in Florida, including in Broward, Miami-Dade, Palm Beach or Monroe County and you are facing a DUI charge, contact Macri Law Firm at 954-391-7183 immediately after your arrest. Remember, just because you have been stopped does not mean you will automatically be found guilty.