Miami DUI Lawyer

It's Friday night and you just clocked out. After a long week of hard work and putting in a few extra hours, you're looking forward to the weekend. The plan is to meet some friends at a bar around the corner and let loose. 

By the end of the night, you realize you've had maybe one too many, but still feel good enough to drive home. After all, you live just ten minutes or so away. Despite your best judgment, you hop in the car and head to the house. Still soaking up the good vibes from all the fun you had, you start to speed and swerve. Next thing you know, blue lights are swirling in your rearview and signaling you to pull over. 

As the officer approaches, you get your license and registration ready and hope for the best. You roll down the window and the officer — who's no dummy — takes one look and asks, "Have you been drinking?" Despite your best plastered-on smile and impeccable respect, he arrests you for driving under the influence. 

Now what? 

First of All, This Doesn't Have to Be You.

If you know you're going out and there's a possibility that you'll be drinking, put the proper measurements in place to avoid a DUI. Doing so will not only help you stay in good standing with the law, but it will also help make sure you and other people on the road stay safe. Some things you can do to ensure safety include: 

  1. Appointing a trusted designated driver or giving a sober friend your keys. 

  1. Using public transportation or calling someone who can come pick you up. 

  1. Eating before drinking and snacking on carbs to help absorb the alcohol. 

  1. Staying the night or booking a nearby hotel room. 

  1. Sticking to one type of drink and not mixing dark liquors with light liquors. 

First Offense Penalties

In Florida, the penalty for a DUI can vary depending on various factors — even if it's your first offense. You'll typically be fined $500 to $1,000 and have your license suspended for six months to a year. You'll also have to serve 50 hours of community service, be placed on probation for up to a year, and could spend up to six months in jail. 

As circumstances are more dangerous, the penalties increase. For example, if your breathalyzer test is .15% or higher, if there are minors in the car, or if your DUI caused an accident, then the penalties will be much harsher. 

The good news is that as scary as this situation may seem, you don't have to face it alone. Richard L. Cooper is highly skilled at taking on DUI cases and has the experience you need to work towards getting most favorable outcome possible. Consultations are free. Call him to schedule yours today.



The Role of a DUI Attorney 

Facing DUI charges necessitates a deep understanding of both state and local DUI laws, the functionality of the court system, and the specifics involved in DUI cases. A DUI attorney in Miami plays a crucial role in formulating a solid defense strategy. 

Navigating DUI charges involves multiple legal steps, from the initial traffic stop and arrest to breathalyzer or blood tests, court appearances, and potential trials. An adept attorney will guide you through each stage, ensuring your legal rights are upheld and working toward the best possible outcome. They will also liaise with prosecutors and judges to address any procedural errors or rights violations that may have occurred. 

What to Do If You've Been Charged With a DUI

Facing a DUI charge can be overwhelming, but taking the following actions can help manage the situation effectively: 

  1. Remain calm and comply with law enforcement: Cooperate with the arresting officers and do not resist. Avoid making any statements without your attorney present. 

  1. Exercise your right to remain silent: Anything you say can be used against you. Politely inform law enforcement that you intend to use your right to remain silent and refrain from discussing your case without your lawyer. 

  1. Seek legal representation immediately: Contact a DUI attorney right away. An experienced lawyer will explain your rights, review your case, and develop a defense strategy. 

  1. Document the incident: Write down your recollection of events as soon as possible, noting any witnesses or evidence that could support your case. 

  1. Comply with court orders: Adhere to any conditions set by the court. Violating court orders can complicate your defense and lead to additional legal issues. 

  1. Gather evidence: Collect any supporting evidence, such as receipts, witness statements, or video footage. Provide these to your attorney for your defense. 

  1. Prepare for court: Follow your attorney's instructions regarding court appearances. Be punctual, dress appropriately, and respect the judicial process. 

Following these steps carefully and working closely with your attorney will strengthen your defense and aim for a favorable resolution. 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What should I do if I’m facing DUI charges in Miami? 

Immediately contact a DUI attorney. Do not discuss the details of your case with anyone, including law enforcement, without your lawyer present. 

How are DUI cases different from other criminal cases? 

DUI cases involve specific legal challenges, including field sobriety tests, breathalyzer or blood tests results, and statutory requirements unique to DUI laws. 

Can a DUI attorney significantly impact my case? 

Yes. An experienced criminal defense attorney can negotiate, challenge evidence, and present a persuasive defense, greatly influencing the case's outcome. If you or someone you know is facing DUI charges, do not hesitate to contact us.

DUI Lawyer Miami

Encountering DUI charges requires swift and proficient legal action. At The Law Offices of Richard L. Cooper, P.A., we are dedicated to defending those accused of DUIs in Miami. Our mission is to deliver the most robust defense possible, ensuring the protection of your rights at every step. Contact our office today, and together, we will confront the DUI charges and strive for a favorable resolution.