If you or anyone you know has ever received a DUI you know that the real cost of the DUI is significantly higher than the fine Florida law assigns. Once you calculate the fines, court fees, attorney fees and more the real cost of a DUI is significantly higher than the fine printed on your ticket. The real cost may vary depending on the specific case, for example, if a minor under the age of 15 is in the vehicle the fine may reach $10,000 even if it is your first offense. In Florida it is considered a DUI offense if you drive, attempt to drive or are in control of the vehicle (yes, this includes sleeping in the car with the keys in your possession) if the level of alcohol, drugs or prescribed medication is over the prescribed or legal limit (the BAC limit is .08). The attorneys at Platt Hopwood are here to examine the cost of a DUI and let you know how to minimize them.
If you find yourself arrested or charged with a DUI - Driving while Under the Influence - you may face serious monetary, driving and criminal penalties. The most important thing you can do after being arrested and charged with a DUI is to seek legal counsel. Retaining a skilled and qualified attorney can make the process significantly less confusing. It is essential to have someone fighting for you that is knowledgeable about the state DUI laws and proper police procedure. There are instances where charges are dropped because of breathalyzer malfunctions and other police errors.
Every person who is charged with a crime enjoys certain Constitutional rights. One of those rights is the right to be presumed innocent until they are proven guilty in a court of law, using the standard of "beyond a reasonable doubt". This right means that the burden to prove that a person committed the charged offense rests squarely on the prosecutor. In other words, the prosecutor must prove the person's guilt rather than the defendant establishing innocence.