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Fort Myers DUI Lawyer

Defense for Drunk Driving Charges in Florida

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Driving under the influence (DUI) is one of the more common types of crime that is committed by people of all types and ages. DUI is legally defined as having a blood alcohol level (BAL), sometimes known as blood alcohol content (BAC), of 0.08% or higher. If you have been arrested for and charged with driving under the influence or DUI of drugs, your license will be confiscated, and although you will be given a temporary license until your hearing, you only have 10 days to appeal your license suspension.

The administrative hearing is an important aspect of your criminal case because it gives us the chance to hear the evidence against you and the officer testimony before the trial itself. It is vital to your case that you retain a Fort Myers DUI attorney immediately after being arrested for DUI. At Calvo & Calvo, Attorneys at Law, we begin reviewing your case and determining the optimal strategy as soon as possible.

To learn more about how we can defend you, contact our DUI defense lawyer in Fort Myers today.

Penalties for a DUI in Florida

A conviction for driving under the influence, with no accident or prior record, may result in:

  • 6 months in jail
  • License suspension for 6 months to a year
  • Thousands of dollars in fines and fees

If there are aggravating factors, such as an accident involving property damage, injury, or death, a blood alcohol level of greater than 0.15%, prior DUI convictions, or a minor in the vehicle, penalties range anywhere from 9 months in jail and/or $2,000 in fines to 30 years imprisonment and/or $10,000 in fines. Ignition interlocks, community service, and probation are also possibilities if you are found guilty of DUI. Also, sentencing and penalties are enhanced for a 2nd or subsequent DUI offense.

Whether you are facing a first time DUI, an underage DUI, or a felony DUI offense, you are going to need legal assistance. Reach out to our firm at your earliest convenience to begin building a strong defense case.

Know Your Rights if Arrested for DUI

We've all heard the common phrase before: "you have the right to remain silent" and the rest of your rights. But if you've been arrested for DUI, your rights go much deeper than this first phrase. Having awareness of what you're really entitled to can make a significant difference in your case.

Your Miranda rights, including the freedom to stay silent during questioning, are actually quite important to your case. Statements, which you might assume are entirely innocent and far from incriminating, can be taken the opposite way by law enforcement. Exercising your right to remain silent could be the difference between walking away innocent or spending a year in jail.

Our firm is adamant that you should always wait till your Fort Myers DUI attorney is present to make any kind of statement. If an officer is questioning you, politely decline to answer. When your future hangs in the balance, it's worth it to be more safe than sorry.

Should I refuse to take an officer's tests?

This depends on the type of test you're being asked to take and the circumstances surrounding your arrest. If requested to perform a field sobriety test, always decline. Such a test is designed to make you fail and can be used as implicating evidence even if you're not over the legal limit.

The chemical tests, however, are a different story. Florida has an implied consent law, meaning anytime you get behind the wheel, you've already agreed to submit to a blood, breath, or urine test if pulled over. Failing to do so can result in revoked driving privileges and other consequences.

That being said, there may be times when it is in your best interest to refuse. If you know you are well over the legal limit and a chemical test will seal your fate, it may be wiser to refuse and accept the consequences. It is harder to disprove physical evidence from a test in court than it is to disprove a police officer's testimony.

Knowing your rights and being prepared in advance for a DUI stop is well worth it. The last thing you want to do is incriminate yourself and wind up sacrificing the next 5 to 10 years of your life.

If you do get arrested, don't hesitate to contact our Fort Myers DUI lawyer. We have over a decade of experience and numerous accolades to back up our aggressive defense strategies. At Calvo & Calvo, Attorneys at Law, your rights come first.

Experienced & Aggressive DUI Attorneys in Fort Myers

Criminal charges are a serious matter, and without a skilled Fort Myers DUI lawyer, they could have a devastating impact on your future.

Some of the penalties you could face include:

  • Loss of your license
  • Permanent criminal record
  • Jail or prison time
  • Court fees and fines

You need to ensure that you are not putting your future or your rights at risk. A Fort Myers criminal attorney at our firm can help you fight your charges and protect your future. We handle these cases for clients in Bonita Springs, Cape Coral, Fort Myers and the surrounding areas.

Contact our firm at once if you or a loved one has been arrested and charged with DUI.

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