Three of our lawyers have been named in the Top 100 Trial Lawyers for Criminal Defense in the state of Florida. Two more have been recognized in the Top 40 Under 40 list by the National Trial Lawyers Association. Let us help you get through this difficult time. We’re ready to help at a moment’s notice.
Driving under the influence (DUI) is a common charge in today’s court system. If you got pulled over for a basic traffic violation, you were probably asked if you’d had anything to drink. In Bradenton, law enforcement officers have a process they must follow in order to check your sobriety.
So many traffic incidents are caused by DUIs. That’s why Bradenton’s police department is focused on highway safety. If the officer has reason to suspect that you were drinking, he or she may ask you to get out of your car to perform a dexterity check.
He or she may have asked you to walk in a straight line, follow a flashlight with your eyes, or list the letters of the alphabet backwards. Anyone who has been through this experience knows that it’s a stressful, and at times embarrassing, process.
While there are several types of DUI charges, Denmon Pearlman’s criminal defense attorneys are here to defend your rights.
Legal Repercussions of a DUI Charge
The legal ramifications of a DUI can be extremely harsh in the state of Florida. Bradenton law enforcement is cracking down on drunk driving to prevent future accidents resulting in injury or death.
The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles defines a DUI as, “A DUI is one offense, proved by the impairment of normal faculties or unlawful blood alcohol or breath alcohol level of 0.08% or above. The penalties upon conviction are the same, regardless of the manner in which the offense is proven.”
Bradenton’s DUI attorneys at Denmon Pearlman understand Florida law. Your BAC is only admissible as evidence if it was tested within a “reasonable time” after you were pulled over by Manatee County police. If you’re wondering what a reasonable time would be, that’s determined on a case-by-case basis.
First time offenders don’t get off easily. Our criminal defense attorneys will fight for your right to a lesser punishment, but if convicted you are going to face some sort of fine and license suspension. Since this is your first offense, you could potentially qualify for a hardship license, which allows you to drive your car to and from work, school, or church.
However, if this is your second offense, the punishment after conviction could be much worse. There is a possibility of license suspension for up to five years. We will argue your case to the court in hopes of getting a lesser punishment. You should know that the consequences are usually a much larger fine and an ignition interlock device on your vehicle. We will fight to keep you out of jail. However, with a second offense a minimum of one month is required by Florida law if convicted.
All of that information is just the tip of the iceberg. Everything is dependent on your specific situation, so you’ll need to set up a consultation with our criminal defense lawyers to learn more about your case.
Let’s talk about disputing your charge next.
Your Defense Against a DUI Conviction
There are so many different scenarios surrounding a DUI charge. Depending on your specific case, may be a way to dispute the charge. Some DUI cases are easier to dispute than others, but our Bradenton DUI attorneys are on your side.
In the state of Florida, there is a provision known as the “wet reckless” that may help you bargain for a lesser punishment. As one of the only states that offers a provision clause to driving involving drugs and alcohol, this loophole is only used in very specific scenarios. Check with Denmon Pearlman’s criminal defense lawyers to learn more about it.
As we mentioned before, there are several types of DUI charges, so the best way to approach your case will depend on a variety of factors. Our Bradenton DUI attorneys will need to ask you several questions about the incident. What was your BAC test result? How did the Manatee County police approach you? What was your reaction to their requests? Were you in an accident where someone else was hurt?
Denman Pearlman’s criminal defense attorneys will build your defense based on your answers to these questions and more. We’ve handled a variety of DUI charges including:
First Time DUI
DUI With Serious Bodily Injury
DUI Under 21
DUI With Property Damage
Boating Under the Influence (BUI)
Commercial Vehicle DUI
If you’re under the legal drinking age of 21, you will face a harsh punishment. Bradenton law enforcement wants to ensure that its youth are shaped into responsible adults. Therefore, your BAC allowance level is much lower than an adult’s. If you are caught with a BAC of 0.02% or higher, you will face a criminal charge. If you are caught with a BAC of 0.05% or higher, you will be enrolled in a substance abuse program.
Most adults with DUI charges are worried about jail time. In any DUI case, there is a possibility of a sentence. As your Bradenton DUI attorneys, we will do everything in our power to lessen your sentence or (in the best case scenario) get your charge dismissed. Depending on the number of DUI charges you have on your record, the intensity of your BAC, and if anyone was injured during the incident, we will build your case around your best defense possible.
An Aggressive Defense for Criminal Allegations
Our Bradenton DUI attorneys at Denmon Pearlman have successfully defended thousands of other defendants facing a DUI charge. Our criminal defense attorneys know how to argue for your best interest in the courtroom.
Our DUI lawyers take an aggressive approach to defend your actions. We will make attempts to dismiss charges and block out unnecessary evidence such as video, BAC levels, and more. We vow to only let the courts take you to trial if it’s absolutely necessary.
Three of our lawyers have been named in the Top 100 Trial Lawyers for Criminal Defense in the state of Florida. Two more have been recognized in the Top 40 Under 40 list by the National Trial Lawyers Association.
Let us help you get through this difficult time. We’re ready to help at a moment’s notice.