Many of our readers in Florida probably know someone who has been arrested for drunk driving at some point. While we are all aware that such conduct is incredibly dangerous and can lead to serious legal problems, there are many people who still take this chance. But, how common are DUI charges and, if you face such a charge, how might you handle the case?
Well, for starters, DUI charges are some of the most common criminal charges people face in America, including in Florida. Some estimates show that, in any given year, approximately 1 million people in America will be arrested for drunk driving charges or for driving under the influence of drugs. If you find yourself in this unenviable position, it is time to start thinking about how you will approach the defense strategy in your case.
To begin with, it is important to understand that an arrest is not the same as a conviction. Each year hundreds of people are arrested for crimes in cases in which a conviction never occurs. In many of these cases, a sound criminal defense strategy is to thank for such a result.
To craft a good DUI defense strategy, examine the circumstances of the arrest. Did the police officer have a valid reason for pulling you over to begin with? Did the officer follow all applicable departmental policies? Were your constitutional rights violated? These factors, among many others, will be crucial in the way you handle your DUI case. The right approach may lead to charges being dismissed, or possibly a stronger position from which to begin plea negotiations with the prosecution.