Many people consider themselves social drinkers as opposed to habitual drinkers. The term “social drinker” applies to an individual who is more likely to have a drink at a party or sporting event rather than at home on a regular basis. As ideal as this may sound, social drinkers are often at a significant risk of drunk driving as they must often drive to and from the gathering. Even having one additional drink is enough to impair vital cognitive abilities that you rely on when driving. Individuals caught driving with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level of over 0.08% can risk a DUI arrest and possible incarceration, but it’s vital that you are aware of your legal options.
A DUI conviction can result in anything from probation to a lengthy prison sentence. The best way to legitimately combat the charges you face is through the acquisition of a seasoned defense attorney. The Casselberry DUI lawyers at The Umansky Law Firm can work diligently to have charges lessened or even dismissed if possible.
One commonality for many Seminole County DUI cases is that they rarely face any opposition. This is often a result of individuals not seeking a criminal defense attorney as they assume that since they blew over the limit, that they are guilty of all charges. So instead of sourcing a local lawyer, the accused enters a guilty plea and hopes for a light sentence.
Not securing legal help is one of the most counterproductive things you can do for your criminal case. There are many factors in play that your experienced DUI lawyer can look into and question if need be. Here are a few defenses your attorney can present in response to your charges.
The officer who pulled you over issued the breath test via the Intoxilyzer 8000. Many people wrongfully assume that these devices are fail-proof and therefore take its results to be the be all end all, but that is not so. This device is capable of and has produced inaccurate readings. A few ways your lawyer can challenge the breath test results is by presenting one of the following factors at play:
A police officer must pull you over before they arrest you for drunk driving, except for in particular instances. To legally pull you over, the officer must have had probable cause, meaning that your driving behavior or vehicle defects warranted a traffic stop. If the officer cannot prove that he or she had probable cause to make the traffic stop, your DUI attorney may be able to free you of all charges.
The only way to explore such defenses to a DUI charge is by enlisting the legal help of an experienced lawyer. The Casselberry DUI lawyers at The Umansky Law Firm are well-versed in Florida DUI laws and can use their extensive legal knowledge to the benefit of your case. William Umansky and his team of lawyers have represented ailed Central Florida drivers for over 25 years and can help you reach a favorable conclusion to your case. Contact us for a free consultation today.
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