DUI – Driving Under the Influence
The Local Police Departments are getting tougher on drunk drivers. As the enforcement gets tighter, different things occur. DUI checkpoints and officers more aggressive to make the DUI arrest. When you are stopped and investigated for a DUI it is in your best interest to contact an attorney as soon as possible. In most case the police have been following you, observing you, and most likely recording your driving habits. Everything you say and do from this point on is under the scrutiny of the officer. This includes the way you stop your vehicle, the way you speak and how you act. They officer will ask you for your paperwork (driver’s license, registration and insurance). All of this information should be provided and you should be patient and quiet. The officer will most likely ask if you have been drinking, do not answer that question. Your answer will be recorded and the officer will also be given at that point the opportunity to check for alcohol on your breath. Yes you will have questions, but keep them for your attorney. The officer will ask you to perform Roadside Sobriety Tests so he can decide if you are impaired. It is not mandatory that you perform these tests These exercises are not only often inaccurate due to errors in the instructions provided, they give the officer who has pulled you over the power to determine whether you are sober or not. Remain calm during the investigation and only agree to perform a breathalyzer test if you are absolutely sure you are going to pass the test (meaning you have had NOTHING to drink). At this point the officer will place you into custody. Upon your release, contact The Law Office of Michael Jones at your earliest convenience. There are short deadlines with the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles that need to be addressed within ten days of your arrest.
Michael Jones has handled hundreds of DUI cases during his 24 years of practice and has the knowledge and experience to get your the justice that you deserve. There are many different ways to protect your rights and create a legal defense to these charges. Attorney Michael Jones looks at each case differently and then formulates the best plan of action for each and every client that he serves. Click the CONTACT button on the upper right and set up a free consultation to get the peace of mind you need about your case. But please remember, protecting your rights includes, most importantly, your right to remain silent. Anything you say can and WILL be used AGAINST you in a court of law!