I was charged with a 3rd DUI in October. The previous one was 24 years ago. My bond was $5000.I told an officer I had enough

Asked 9 months ago - Clermont, FL

on my debit card to get a bondsman and bond out. The judge who I went before, I had met at a bar a few months back set my bond at $ 10000. Is that a typical amount. I was on a diabetic medicine meteformin and had not eaten. I pulled on to the road and drove 5 feet realized something wasn't right. I stopped and backed back into the parking lot and parked. The policeman then pulled in and arrested me. I didn't take field sobriety tests and didn't blow. After they gave me pancakes and syrup my blood level went to 346. Do I have a case? I have court on February 6. Public defender offered me 4k fine 4 months scram 1 year DL suspension vehicles immobilized and breath machine on vehicles for 2 year s. Help. I was parking my car because I new I had a medical situation.

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  1. Michael Adam Haber

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    Answered . Not withstanding your excellent proffer, your PD is the only lawyer ion the planet who is intimate and familiar enough with the facts and circumstances of your case to give you competent advise as to whether or not it is in your interests to take a plea or go to trial.

    That said a no jail plea on a 3rd DUI is not something to be taken lightly. Even though double refusal cases are tough for the State, unless you are 100% confident in your ability to successfully defend your case then you should not look that gift horse in the mouth, because you are being flanked by 364 days in jail.

    Again, your lawyer knows your facts and circumstances (including your judge and prosecutor) and is in the best position to advise you.

    I'm sorry that I can't give you the thumbs up or down, and, unfortunately, I don't suspect that any of my colleagues will either.

    I hope this has been helpful nonetheless and wish you good luck.

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  2. Christopher Robert Dillingham II

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    Answered . These are issues you simply must discuss with your attorney. If you don't like him, then hire a private attorney, but no Avvo lawyer knows your case as well as those who are looking at your case file and all its associated evidence.

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  3. Alberto Marino Quirantes Jr.

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    Answered . At the outset, it sounds like you have a strong defense. No roadside tests, no breath test and a medical condition to boot. However, you have a public defender attorney, who is in the best position to judge whether there are other factors that mitigate against your going to trial and is familiar with how his or her judge rules.

    A third DUI accusation in Florida, despite the number of years since your prior conviction, generally brings a jail time offer with it and can trigger up to a year in jail. You are being offered a no jail plea with a 1 year suspension. There is no hardship license on a 1 year revocation for DUI, if you have a prior conviction. So think about it, and if you want to fight it at trial, speak to your lawyer about your reasoning. If you are not in agreement with your PD, then hire a DUI criminal defense attorney and prepare for trial. You might still get the case dismissed prior to trial by motions or other reasons which may affect the state's ability to prove up your case. Good Luck with your decision and final outcome.

    The information provided is not legal advice from Criminal Defense Lawyer Albert Quirantes, or the Ticket Law... more
  4. William David Umansky

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    Answered . The only way you will find out if you have a case is to retain a lawyer to investigate the issues you mentioned and others. If you have diabetes you may have a good reason (not related to alcohol related) but you will need to retain a toxicologist who can look at the evidence and see if they can help you. Additionally, you did not blow or do FST which can be beneficial to you in certain circumstances. You have lots of issues and the only way you can leverage the best deal is to retain competent dui counsel to help you. good luck!

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  5. Bhavik G Patel

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    Answered . It looks like you have some defenses in your case. However, you will have to talk to an attorney about the facts of your case so they can give you competent legal advice. The State has to prove that you were under the influence of alcohol, not medication or a sugar rush. Contact a local attorney and they will help you. If this is your 3rd DUI, the consequences can be severe, including a 10 year DL suspension.

  6. Gerald R Stahl

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    Answered . All of my colleagues are correct. We simply do not have sufficient information on your case to give you advice. Additionally, you should be consulting with your attorney. If you do not like your attorney, you will have hire another one. The fact is that most of these cases are complicated and require good representation. Good Luck!

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