The impact of a DUI can be far-reaching as you could deal with the effects of this offense even if you are never convicted. The first thing to go is your driver’s license, which you will have to fight for within days of your arrest. You could face repercussions at your place of work, with your landlord, or when it comes to finding a new job or home just because of a criminal record. Worse consequences await those who receive formal convictions for their alcohol offenses. Your best chance to secure your future is to work with a team of Ocoee DUI lawyers. Our experienced defense attorneys are available at any time.
Alcohol- and drug-impaired driving provoke thousands of accidents each year in Florida. These accidents often lead to devastating consequences for everyone involved and their families. Across the country, impaired drivers cause about one-third of all traffic deaths. To minimize the occurrence of deadly DUI accidents, Florida encourages police officers throughout the state to pursue impaired drivers.
Police officers can pull over any drivers displaying signs of intoxication behind the wheel. Officers can ask drivers to undergo a series of tests to evaluate their mental faculties at the time of the stop. These field sobriety tests allow officers to conduct further tests to determine a person’s level of intoxication. If a person fails the initial sobriety tests, they may be taken to the police station to breathe into a stationary breath test machine that measures the level of alcohol in their breath, or they may be subjected to a blood or urine test. The results of these tests can be used in court as evidence; however, many times these tests are unreliable.
Due to implied consent laws, drivers agree to submit to chemical DUI tests or face additional consequences if they refuse. Whether you are an under-21 driver who blew a 0.02% or you are looking at your third DUI with a BAC of 0.15% or higher, having an attorney on your side is a significant benefit to your case.
Many things can go awry during the time you are in police custody. From the DUI stop to the results of the breath, blood, or urine test, several factors can be called into question to defend your case. At The Umansky Law Firm, our Ocoee DUI lawyers have decades of combined experience fighting for the rights of DUI suspects throughout Central Florida.
Generally speaking, a DUI in Ocoee is a misdemeanor offense. First-time DUIs are usually misdemeanors, although aggravating factors — such as having a BAC of 0.15% or causing an injury accident or death — can lead to enhanced penalties or felony charges. Those who face their second or subsequent DUI can face more severe penalties, including losing their license for a minimum of 5 years, spending a minimum of 10 days in jail, fines of at least $1,000, and more penalties that can force your way of life to take an unwanted detour.
Perhaps the worst DUI scenario is one in which a person was killed. When facing DUI manslaughter charges, choosing the right attorney can mean the difference between suffering the worst consequences for a second-degree felony offense or seeing light at the end of the tunnel. A Florida DUI manslaughter conviction can lead to up to 15 years in jail and fines of up to $10,000. These are extremely severe consequences. Our law firm employs lawyers who have decades of combined experience handling some of the toughest DUI cases in Ocoee, Florida and the greater Central Florida region. We will use our experience to work crafting a strong defense for your unique situation.
Founder William Umansky has over 25 years of experience practicing criminal law in Central Florida and has worked as a former prosecutor for the City of Orlando. He applies his knowledge to each case he receives, providing close personal attention and guidance at each step of the legal process. We understand that many people make some poor choices in life and are eager to help you fight for a second chance. Call or contact us online for a free case review.
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