Find Experienced Tampa DUI Lawyers To Save You From Yourself
Apparently, I’m in the majority, but in this case, it doesn’t make me feel any better. According to statistics, the majority of all DUI cases involve people who have no previous DUI convictions. In fact, most of those arrested for DUI have no prior criminal record at all. That was certainly the situation in my case. Let me tell you about my DUI nightmare and how I got through it all.
My family and I had been out celebrating my son’s graduation from college. We went to a family restaurant and we all had a few rounds of drinks. I had a couple of glasses of wine; at least that’s what I thought. Family later told me I had upwards of six glasses of wine over the course of a two hour meal. I know I had a couple of family members offer to drive me home, but I felt fine. I shrugged them off and told them I was fine. It was only a 15 minute drive to my house. The old adage hindsight is 20/20 has never been more accurate.
While I thought I was only going the speed limit, the arresting cop said I was actually going 65 in a 35 zone. So, on top of the DUI charge, I also got a speeding ticket, too. But, that was the least of my problems. The one thing I had going for me, according to my Tampa DUI lawyers, was that I was polite to the police. During my consultation meeting, he asked how I’d acted with the police. I didn’t remember anything standing out in my mind and said as much. He told me that when you’re arrested, the video of the arrest is very important, often making or breaking a case. These days, most police video tape from their dashboard cameras to record the sobriety tests and the videos can be used as evidence against them in the trial.
The best advice I can offer anyone going through the same situation is to politely cooperate with the arresting officer and call the Tampa DUI lawyers as soon as possible. Personally, I was scared of the police and thought I had to take the breathalyzer test. However, according to the DUI lawyer in Hillsborough County FL I hired, it’s your choice to take the test or refuse it. If you refuse the test, they can often get the charge reduced to a less serious offense, however, if you refuse the test, you will lose your license and driving privileges, although your attorney may be able to get you partial privileges to drive to work if you act quickly and plead your defense within the 10 day window after your arrest.
I showed up exactly at the legal limit, making me feel there was no case. The Tampa DUI lawyers, on the other hand, said we still had a few avenues to explore. He said he’d successfully defended cases where the breathalyzer machine had been wiped too many times with sanitary wipes, giving false positives. Additionally, he said those who are on low-carb diets often register as intoxicated when truly what the machine is registering is ketones.
My case is still pending, but the DUI lawyers I hired are hopeful they can at least get the charges reduced. They have been a God-send for me, easing my anxieties and telling me what to do every step of the way. This has definitely been a learning experience for me and I hope others can learn from my stupidity.
Don’t wait for charges to mount against you. The clock starts running as soon as you are arrested, and you have limited time to present your defense to reduce the charges and protect your drivers license. Call the Tampa DUI lawyers team now to fight the charges and reduce your penalties. Call now for free advice and a confidential case evaluation (813) 252-1300.