If you’re facing DUI charges, one of the things you may want to work on is having those charges reduced. In some cases, it may be possible to get a DUI charged changed to reckless driving or another kind of citation that doesn’t have the same type of implications.
In Florida, DUIs can range from misdemeanors to felonies depending on how many you have on your record and the factors influencing the case. DUIs generally have five primary penalties, which include:
- Jail time
- Mandatory drug and alcohol abuse treatment
- Community service
While you may face one or more of those penalties, the reality is that a DUI conviction can have even wider-reaching implications in your personal life, at work and beyond.
What can an attorney do to help if you’re facing a DUI charge?
Your attorney can help in a few ways. The first is by looking at how the traffic stop came about. They’ll make sure that the officer had a reason to stop you and pull you over.
Your attorney will attempt to have the charges dismissed if there are any concerns over the way the evidence was collected, how the stop came about or if there are other issues with your rights being violated.
Finally, the last thing they’ll do is look at the charges and see if they can be reduced or altered in some way. In some cases, there may be alternative options to a conviction or reduces charges available.
Our website has more information on DUI charges and how you can defend yourself if you’re facing one now.