Knowledgeable Orlando DUI/DWI Attorney
Being convicted of operating a motor vehicle while impaired or intoxicated can have serious consequences, including loss of your driver’s license, higher insurance costs, heavy fines and jail time. If you are arrested for a DUI offense, contact an attorney immediately because Florida law imposes strict deadlines for filing crucial documents that could affect your driving rights. With 22 years of experience in handling DUI cases, Tad A. Yates has the knowledge necessary to help attain the best possible outcome in your case.
Challenging the Breath, Blood, Urine and Field Sobriety Tests
Breath, blood or urine tests may be an important part of the prosecution’s case against you. Legal challenges to these test results may result in a court order excluding them from evidence in the prosecutor’s case against you. Your performance on roadside field sobriety tests may also be subject to challenge. These tests are an important part of a DUI prosecution and should be challenged in an effort to attain the best possible outcome.
If you refuse to take the breath test, your driver’s license will be automatically suspended for a period of one year (18 months for a second refusal), regardless of the outcome of your DUI case. Likewise, if you submit to a breath test and the result is higher than a 0.08 reading, your driving privileges will be automatically suspended for 180 days. THESE AUTOMATIC SUSPENSIONS MAY BE CHALLENGED, BUT YOU MUST ACT WITHIN 10 DAYS OF THE DATE OF YOUR ARREST. Mr. Yates immediately takes the steps necessary to challenge these automatic (administrative) suspensions by filing a request for a hearing before the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. You should contact Mr. Yates immediately after your arrest to preserve this very important legal right.
Aggravating DUI factors
The circumstances surrounding your DUI charge can determine how aggressively the prosecution pursues your case and whether you face potential incarceration. The following circumstances are viewed by the law, the court and prosecutors as aggravating factors in DUI cases:
- Previous convictions for DUI
- BAL at .15 or higher
- A minor in the vehicle
- DUI involving an accident with property damage
- DUI involving an accident with serious bodily injuries
- DUI manslaughter
- Leaving the scene of an accident
Contact an aggressive Central Florida DUI attorney for a free consultation.
Call The Law Offices of Tad A. Yates, P.A. at 407.608.7777 or contact the law firm online to schedule your free consultation.