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1) Choosing a DWI Attorney
This is an issue that comes up many times when we meet with clients. They ask, “Why should I choose you? Why should I choose your firm?” Having someone protect you and protect your interests, protect your freedom, is very important. We would say that the most critical factor is you need to find someone that you’ve sat down with and spoken to about their experience and their length of time in practicing in this field, how many cases they’ve had, how many times they’ve gone to trial and what their results are.
We’ve been practicing almost 20 years now; a significant portion of it was handling these types of cases. We are very familiar with handling DUI cases in Orlando and Kissimmee, Orange and Osceola Counties. We are familiar with the prosecutors and their prosecution style, the types of courses that they offer, the types of evidence that we need to defend your case and they need to prosecute your case, all the details that go into helping the client achieve the best possible outcome. At the end of the day, any type of criminal case is very important because it could affect your ability to stay free – the freedom to be at your home, the freedom to be at your job, the freedom to come and go as you please. These are all so important and speaking with and hiring an attorney that has that experience is going to be critical, and it’s going to be your best chance at getting the best possible outcome.
If you have any other questions about a DUI in Orlando, Florida, please don’t hesitate to contact the Victory Law Firm.
2) Mistakes To Avoid After a DWI Charge
Some of the common mistakes that we see when a person is charged with a DUI in Orlando, Florida, is that many times they try to go at it alone. This is a criminal charge. They’re trying to take away your freedoms. You’re fighting against a government organization that has unlimited resources, and they are out to try to prove their case. They’re not there to help you.
Many times, we have clients that come in that maybe have tried to do things themselves. Maybe they’ve tried to represent themselves. Maybe they’ve tried to go with a public defender. Maybe they tried to hire an attorney who hasn’t spent a lot of time in this type of area of law, and that can have adverse consequences on the ability to defend their case. You also need to get someone involved right away. There could be a lot of lost evidence that could be had if you don’t retain someone right away to help you protect your rights.
There could be a lot of different tactics that could be used by an attorney that’s experienced in handling DUIs. If you don’t have an attorney that’s experienced in this area of law, what’s going to happen is – we’ve seen it all too much before – the attorney that they go to that hasn’t handled these types of cases will just defer to the prosecuting authority and just take the first plea, or they will not look into the case and look for any defenses, not look at why they were stopped, not look at if there was probable cause, not looked at all these details to help you as a client keep your freedoms and keep your rights.
The biggest thing that we see is not hiring an experienced attorney in this field and not acting quickly. You must do both to ensure that your rights and your freedoms are protected. If you have any other questions about DUIs in Orlando, Florida, please contact the Victory Law Firm.
3) Losing Your License After a DWI
Oftentimes we sit down with our clients and we have to give them the unfortunate news that this is a possibility. We get asked this question all the time. “I got a DUI. I got convicted for it. Will I lose my license? How long will I lose my license? Will I ever get it back? Is there anything I can do about getting other ways to transport myself around without having this license while I’m dealing with this conviction?”
If you are convicted of a DUI, then under the laws of the state of Florida you will lose your license. It just depends on what DUI it is and what other factors are involved in the DUI. For example, is it an enhancement, or is it not enhanced? Did you blow over a certain blood alcohol concentration level? Were there injuries involved? There are many different things that can go into that, so you really need to get an attorney who has the knowledge of these types of cases to explain to you exactly what affect it will have on your driver’s license.
Generally, if you get convicted of a DWI or DUI in Florida, you will have your license suspended for a period of time. During this period of time, you say, “Hey, I need to work. How am I going to get to and from work?” There are things called business purposes licenses. Basically, your attorney, if they’ve handled these cases, petitions the court to ask the court to get what’s called a business purposes only license. This means that you can have a license to drive to and from your place of work, and to and from other essential places, such as grocery stores and things of that nature, where you’re doing business or where you’re doing things out of need.
An attorney that is experienced with DUIs in Orlando, Florida, knows what needs to be presented to the court and what arguments need to be made to the prosecuting authority to be able to get that business purposes only license, which can be very important in someone being able to continue their life and make the income that they need to be able to sustain their life and their family during the duration of their DUI and license suspension. If you have any other questions about how a DUI may affect your driving privileges, please call the Victory Law Firm.
Have you been arrested and charged with DWI in Florida and have questions about what to expect after a DWI charge? Contact our experienced Orlando DWI lawyers today for a free consultation and case evaluation.
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