Florida drunk driving laws are some of the toughest in the nation and the charges are considered a criminal offense. If you have been arrested and charged with a DUI (driving under the influence) it is imperative that you hire a defense attorney early in the process. If convicted of a DUI you may face hefty fines, community service, probation, impoundment of your vehicle, suspended driver’s license, and even the possibility of imprisonment.
A DUI conviction can even affect your job, your insurance rates, and even your ability to travel outside of the country. Certain countries, like Canada, generally do not allow those convicted of a DUI to enter their country.
After a DUI arrest, you have just 10 days to submit a hearing request to the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV). Failure to submit your request before the deadline will result in the automatic loss of your driving privileges regardless of whether you are found guilty on the DUI charge or not.
Fighting a Florida DUI is a tough challenge that takes an experienced DUI lawyer. Michael T. Rabideau has an excellent track record defending DUI cases. The key is to speak with your attorney as early as possible after being charged. You only have ten days from being arrested to schedule your DHSMV hearing. Michael can help you with this as well as with working with the prosecuting attorney in an attempt to lower or dismiss the charges against you.
To schedule a free consultation with Michael, call his office today: (561) 820-4848