How to Fight a DUI in Florida
Find the Right West Palm Beach DUI Attorney
After being arrested for driving under the influence (DUI), you need to move fast in order to protect your driver's license and avoid a criminal conviction. Even if you blew 0.08% BAC or higher or failed a field sobriety test, you may still be able to fight your DUI in West Palm Beach.
The Law Offices of Phillip T. Ridolfo, Jr. can provide the legal counsel and representation that you need to navigate this process. As a seasoned West Palm Beach criminal defense lawyer with over 25 years of experience, I know what it takes to have a DUI case thrown out. Evidence against you can be called into question, or stronger evidence can be presented in your defense.
Read through the points below for an overview of what steps you will need to take. Then I strongly recommend that you call my firm at (561) 475-2752 for a free initial consultation.
1. Remain Calm
Do not get defensive or become disrespectful after your arrest. This only gives law enforcement more reason to dislike you and to make your case more difficult. Be respectful and compliant WITHIN YOUR RIGHTS. You can be respectful while refusing to compromise your defense.
2. Know Your Rights
Remember, "you have the right to remain silent" and "you have the right to an attorney." Your arresting officer may try to convince or trick you into talking about your charges and your arrest. Don't. Do not say anything until you have your attorney at your side to guide and defend you. Otherwise, you may say something that the prosecution will use against you during your trial.
3. Hire a DUI Lawyer in West Palm Beach
If you were arrested anywhere near West Palm Beach, Florida, Attorney Phillip T. Ridolfo, Jr. can provide the knowledgeable and effective defense representation that you need. You need to hire a lawyer right away in order to avoid incrimination and to preserve evidence that can be used in your defense.
4. Gather Evidence
Once you have a lawyer, he or she can begin investigating your DUI stop, arrest, and charges.
Your case could be fought based on police misconduct such as:
- Unlawful police stop
- Faulty breath test
- Excessive use of force
- Poorly-conducted field sobriety test
5. Be Prepared
When fighting charges of DUI, you need to stay one step ahead of the prosecution. This means that you need a lawyer who gives their full attention to your case and always has your defense prepared. You need Attorney Ridolfo on your side.
Contact Your DUI Defense Lawyer in West Palm Beach
If arrested for DUI, your license has been confiscated and will be suspended soon – unless you apply for a hardship license. You have a short time frame in which to request a hardship license, so act now.
Call (561) 475-2752 to speak with me if you need to fight a DUI charge!