Miami DUI Lawyer
Florida has some of the strictest driving under the influence (DUI) laws in the nation, and Miami law enforcement agencies as well as the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office take DUIs very seriously. In fact, according to FloridaDMV.org, Miami-Dade County had the second highest number of DUI convictions in Florida in 2011. [i]
Penalties of a DUI
The penalties for a DUI conviction—even for just a first-time DUI conviction that doesn’t result in injury or death—are very steep and can include: a fine between $500 and $1,000, jail time of up to six months, up to one year of reporting probation, 50 hours of mandatory community service, mandatory completion of a 12-hour DUI school, driver’s license suspension for a minimum of six months, and a substantial increase in your car insurance rates or loss of car insurance coverage altogether. A DUI conviction will stay on your criminal record forever, which can affect your current employment status and future employment prospects, standing in the community, relationships with family and friends, and ability to purchase a firearm and rent a car from most car rental companies. Accordingly, if you or a loved one have been charged with a DUI in Miami, now is not the time to try to “save money” by representing yourself in court.
What You Should Do
Hiring an experienced DUI lawyer in Miami such as Yale Galanter or one of his trusted associates at the Miami criminal defense law firm of Galanter Law gives you the best shot at getting your charges reduced or dismissed altogether. The advantage you gain by hiring an experienced Miami DUI lawyer rather than representing yourself is priceless. There is simply too much at stake to try to cut corners by representing yourself.
If you’ve been charged with a DUI in Miami, it is in your best interests to hire an experienced Miami DUI defense lawyer such as Yale Galanter and his team of lawyers to protect your rights and aggressively defend your case. Contact us at Galanter Law today. Remember, time is of the essence, so you must contact us immediately after your Miami DUI arrest.
[i] “Florida DUI | Drunk Driving.” Florida DMV | Department of Motor Vehicles Guide. N.p., n.d. Web. 31 May 2013. <http://www.dmvflorida.org/florida-dui.shtml>.