Driving under the influence of drugs is a serious offense – just as much as driving under the influence of alcohol. In Florida, the courts seek harsh punishments for offenders; therefore, if you do not have an experienced DUI attorney by your side, then you could face serious fines or even jail time.
It is important to hire the right attorney for your case, but how do you know you’re interviewing a great attorney? Here are four important questions you can ask our attorney to ensure you are hiring the right defense.
Will I lose my driver’s license?
Even before your case is heard in front of a judge, you could lose driving privileges. To prevent your license from being suspended, you will need an attorney that takes administrative action right away. That may mean having a hearing in front of the DMV to discuss your driving privileges.
What will affect the outcome of my case?
This is an important question. Small details could change the outcome of your case. If this isn’t your first offense, then you could face harsher penalties. Some factors that could increase the penalties include:
• High concentration of drugs in the bloodstream;
• Children in the vehicle while driving;
• Prior DWI convictions;
• Causing an accident.
Should I plea out?
A good attorney may have to suggest a plea deal, especially if the evidence against you is solid. A plea deal could reduce or eliminate jail time, while taking your case to court could result in a few years behind bars.
Talk with the attorney to see what your chances are for a plea deal or if the attorney thinks it is necessary. A plea deal is not a sign of weakness in an attorney; in fact, it shows a level of expertise – because skilled attorneys know when a case won’t win in court.
Can I get my record expunged later?
A good attorney will tell you about the consequences of a conviction and how that criminal record will affect the rest of your life. Discuss your options for expunging your record and whether or not your case will qualify as the state of Florida has strict rules on who can request an expungement.
Contact a Miami DWI Lawyer Now
Drug crimes, especially DUI and DWI charges, are very serious. You need a skilled DWI lawyer who can represent your case and protect your rights.
We have a team of Experienced Attorney at Law Offices of Paul J. Donnelly, P.A. ready to assess your case. Call today at 305-757-3331 for a no obligation consultation and find out how they can help you.
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