UNDERSTANDING THE DUI PROCESS IN FLORIDA
The Miami criminal defense and DUI lawyers at this firm are dedicated to helping clients understand the DUI process. In Florida, driving a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol poses a tremendous risk for the driver. A DUI can occur at any time, even if the accused was not demonstrating driving habits indicative of a drunk driver and came into contact with a law enforcement officer due to a different reason, such as a break down or accident.
DUI Chemical Tests in FL
If there is suspicion of intoxication for any reason, however, then the officer may request a field sobriety or breath-test to determine whether the suspect is over the level blood alcohol limit of .08%. If you were charged with drunk driving on the basis of one or more of these chemical tests, then your DUI lawyer will have to know how to challenge scientific chemical evidence.
While blood and urine tests are typically fairly accurate, breath test machines can have a large margin of error. With any type of chemical test, poor administration of the test can result in faulty results, making any blood alcohol concentration test fallible. If you were charged with a DUI because you failed a breath test, this means that you blew a .08 percent BAC or higher.
There are many factors that can affect the outcome of a breath test. First of all, every individual absorbs alcohol differently. A breathalyzer test cannot take into consideration each person's body type and how they process alcohol.
Second, breath tests do not directly measure the amount of alcohol in a person's blood. Breath tests can only estimate blood alcohol content based on a sampling of ethanol (the chemical left behind after consuming alcohol) on a person's breath. Certain makes and models of breath tests are known for showing false readings. Even certain foods can result in breath test results that are much too high. We know how to challenge the science behind your DUI.
If you have been arrested for drunk driving, contact the firm for an evaluation of your case.
DUI Process After Arrest
If the driver demonstrates symptoms of intoxication or has a BAC of over .08%, then the officer may perform an immediate arrest and transport the offender to the police station. DUI offenders must go through the standard booking process that all arrested individuals must endure. After being fingerprinted, photographed and put into a jail cell, you will have the opportunity to make a phone call.
It is a good idea to use your phone call wisely by speaking with an attorney who can help you to take the next important steps. Arrested DUI offenders commonly spend several hours in jail or sufficient time to no longer be under the influence before release and must make multiple appearances in hearings as well as court thereafter before the process is complete.
LEGAL COUNSEL FROM A MIAMI DUI ATTORNEY
At the Tomas Law Firm, clients can take comfort in the fact that their critical criminal defense is in the capable hands of competent, successful legal professionals who know how to get the job done. Their firm has deep experience with DUI and related issues, and can formulate the right defense strategy to give you the best chance at victory. Attorney Tomas is dedicated to the task of aggressive and compelling representation based on the facts, and works tirelessly to provide all clients with the highest level of legal support possible.
If you have anymore questions regarding the DUI process, contact us today.
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