A DUI Charge Is Not The End
Pulled over for driving under the influence (DUI)? Do not plead guilty simply to get the ordeal over with. A guilty plea is the same as a conviction. A DUI conviction can result in jail time, expensive fines and driver’s license suspension. Your employment opportunities may be limited, especially if you have a commercial driver’s license. Your auto insurance rates may rise drastically.
I am defense attorney Andrew M. Coffey, and I can help you fight your DUI charge. I am a board-certified criminal trial law specialist who has been practicing in Florida for nearly 15 years. Depending on your driving record and the specifics of your case, I can ask the court for alternatives to jail, such as community service and substance abuse counseling. I will work to protect your license and your record. For a free initial consultation, please call my Fort Lauderdale office at 954-406-9272 or contact me online.
Contesting A DUI Charge
There are many reasons to fight a DUI arrest. The penalties are severe and can affect your life for many years:
- First DUI conviction — a fine between $250 and $500; jail time not more than six months; license revocation between 180 days and a year
- Second DUI conviction — a fine between $500 and $1,000; jail time up to nine months; license suspension at least five years if convicted within five years of an earlier DUI conviction
- Third DUI conviction not more than 10 years after first DUI — a fine between $1,000 and $1,500; a mandatory jail sentence of at least 30 days; a minimum 10-year license revocation
As your lawyer, one of the first things I will do is determine the legality of your arrest and the admissibility of the evidence. Did the officer make an illegal car stop or administer a field sobriety test incorrectly? If mistakes were made, I will consult forensic experts and law enforcement training professionals to identify the mistakes.
In addition, Breathalyzers must be properly maintained, correctly calibrated and administered in strict adherence to directions. When procedural failures occur, I have the resources to expose mistakes made by arresting officers and defective equipment.
Call An Experienced Attorney Today To Get Help
Do not let a mistake derail your future. If you have been arrested for DUI, contact a Fort Lauderdale DUI defense attorney today at 954-406-9272 to schedule a free consultation.