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Treasure Coast DUI ArrestsTo say that a DUI conviction in Florida could have lasting, adverse effects on one’s life is an understatement. It leaves a permanent mark on a driver’s license, is entered on criminal records and could dim employment prospects and educational endeavors, as well as drastically affect a person’s personal life and relationships.
What is a DUI?“DUI” stands for “driving under the influence.” Although most people associate DUI with alcohol, it also could refer to narcotics, legal prescriptions and over-the-counter (OTC) medications. DUI is the legal term for operating a motor vehicle while the driver’s physical and/or mental capacity is impaired while under the influence of a substance. The substance could enter the body from drinking, smoking, sniffing, eating or could be absorbed through the skin. Florida has one of the strictest laws when it comes to drinking and driving, with first-time offenders subject to having their license suspended for up to six months, or one year if the breath test was refused.
Why Hire a DUI Lawyer?From the day of your arrest, you have a ten-day window to request a hearing with the Florida Department of Motor Vehicles. Because the hearing is so important, it is vital that the accused immediately retain a DUI attorney. Perlet & Shiner, P.A. has attorneys who are highly experienced in DUI cases. As former prosecutors, they know the ins and outs of such cases from both sides, and use this experience in an attempt to have the charges minimized – or even dismissed.
If you or a loved one have been arrested for DUI in the Treasure Coast or South Florida, secure the services of an expert law firm that will take the time to familiarize itself with your case. Part of a successful defense could include challenging the reliability of the Breathalyzer test. For example, Breathalyzers could have fallibility when it comes to testing drivers who have recently imbibed cough mixtures that contain trace amounts of alcohol. Because some of the alcohol is absorbed into the lining of the mouth, this can produce a false positive on Breathalyzer tests. DUI lawyers are aware of this and can put it to good use at your hearing. Knowledge like this can make a huge difference for a defendant who is wrongfully accused and charged with a DUI.
Perlet & Shiner, P.A. has successfully defended DUI cases in all of the Treasure Coast, South Florida and Central Florida, including Ft. Pierce, Okeechobee, Port St. Lucie, Stuart, Vero Beach, and surrounding cities in Martin County, Okeechobee County, St. Lucie County and Indian River County.