Written by attorney Anthony Biagio Rickman

I Was Arrested for a DUI in Florida WHat Happens Now?

I was arrested for DUI last night. What happens now?

In Florida DUI, or Driving Under the Influence, is governed under Florida Statute 316.193. Under Florida Statute 316.193, a person is guilty of the crime of DUI if he or she is driving or in actual, physical control of a vehicle within the State of Florida while under the influence of alcoholic beverages or certain chemical substances. The threshold for determining whether or not a person is impaired by alcohol is met by determining the driver's Blood Alcohol Content, or BAC. In Florida, a BAC of .08 or higher means that a driver is legally impaired.

Being charged with DUI is probably the most traumatic experience with the legal system the average person may ever have to go through. After you are charged with DUI, a two part process begins. First, the Department of Highways and Motor Vehicle Safety begins an administrative process whereby they determine whether or not they are going to suspend your license. Don't hesitate - act fast! You only have ten (10) days to take action to defend yourself from having your license automatically revoked. The second process, which begins at the same time, is the filing of criminal charges by the State Attorney's Office. At this point, the Assistant State Attorney assigned to your case begins reviewing the information from the arresting agency (Sheriff's Office, Police Department, Florida Highway Patrol) and decides whether or not to file formal charges against you. Being formally charged has several consequences - if you are found guilty, you face possible fines, community service, or even jail time.

If you have been charged with DUI you need to act fast. The attorneys at Taracks Gomez & Associates are all former prosecutors who have handled thousands of DUI cases. With over 35 years combined experience, the attorneys at Taracks Gomez & Associates know how to handle your case and provide you with the best defense. There are several ways for us to attack the charges against you: Was the initial traffic stop legal? Were the Field Sobriety Exercises preformed correctly? Were you read Florida's Implied Consent law and your Miranda Rights? In addition to providing you with a defense against your charges, we may also be able to get you a business purpose license that will keep you on the road while your DUI is pending. Act now - a consultation with one of our lawyers is always free.

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