Palm Beach County makes about 2,000 new DUI arrests each year. If you have been arrested for a Palm Beach DUI, you need to immediately retain the legal counsel of an experienced Palm Beach DUI attorney such as Yale Galanter or one of his trusted associates at the South Florida law firm of Galanter Law.
Don’t try to Represent Yourself in Court
Don’t be tempted to represent yourself in court as a way to save money. Unless you just so happen to be an experienced DUI attorney well-versed in local DUI laws and court proceedings, then 99.9 percent of the time it’s going to be a lose-lose situation that will end up costing you money as well as potentially your liberty, job, driver’s license, and reputation. Without an experienced DUI attorney by your side, your chances of getting your charges reduced or dismissed will be highly unlikely. Further, a prosecutor won’t be inclined to give you a favorable plea bargain because he or she will see you as an easy conviction at trial. And while representing yourself at your criminal trial in front of a jury, it will be very difficult to obtain a “not guilty” verdict as you likely do not have the legal wherewithal to convince the jury that there’s sufficient reasonable doubt about your guilt.
As the often-quoted saying by poet Samuel Johnson goes, “A man who represents himself in court has a fool for a client.” Representing yourself in court for your DUI charge is foolish because the stakes are way too high; after all, a DUI conviction in Florida can have life-altering ramifications that will stay with you for the rest of your life including possible jail time, a permanent criminal record, losing your driver’s license, possibly losing your job, thousands of dollars in fines, fees, and court costs, and the emotional toll of getting dragged through the court of public opinion and potentially ruining your reputation in the community and among your family, friends, and colleagues.
How We Can Help
Here at Galanter Law, my team and I have been defending clients charged with DUI in Palm Beach and the South Florida area for nearly 30 years. With hundreds of successful DUI outcomes to our name, we have extensive knowledge of Florida’s complex DUI laws and local court proceedings. In addition, we have a vast network of contacts such as toxicologists, accident reconstructions, medical doctors, and lab technicians who can serve as expert witnesses to testify on your behalf when appropriate. As a regular in the courtroom and a former prosecutor, I also have working relationships with many judges, prosecutors, and court personnel that I can use to your advantage.
While you may think that you’ll be saving money by not hiring a Palm Beach DUI attorney, the opposite is typically true. By hiring an experienced DUI attorney Palm Beach, you’ll have the best shot at getting your charges reduced and penalties minimized or even having your charges dismissed altogether—possibilities that will ultimately save you money in the long run. If you’ve been arrested for a DUI in Palm Beach or anywhere in South Florida, the first thing you should do is contact our law firm. Keep in mind that we only have ten days from the date of your DUI arrest to file a motion to appeal your driver’s license suspension, so don’t delay—it’s imperative that you contact us immediately!