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Bernhardt Riley, Attorneys at Law, PLLC: Your Advocates In Florida DUI Defense

Facing a DUI charge in Florida can be daunting, with penalties more severe than in many other states. But with Bernhardt Riley, Attorneys at Law, PLLC, you have a team that understands the complexities of DUI law and the nuances of an effective defense strategy. Our DUI defense team is ready to stand with you.

With a strong presence in Palm Harbor and offices in Destin, Tampa and Clearwater, our firm offers experienced legal representation to challenge DUI charges and work toward a favorable outcome. We understand the intricacies of DUI law and will meticulously review the details of your case, from the traffic stop to the breathalyzer or field sobriety test, to ensure your rights are respected at every turn. Our goal is to provide an aggressive defense that minimizes the potential consequences of a DUI charge.

Navigating Driver’s License Issues After A DUI Arrest

A critical aspect of any DUI case in Florida involves the driver’s license. You must act swiftly, demanding a Formal Administrative Review Hearing within 10 days of your arrest to contest your driver’s license suspension. Bernhardt Riley, Attorneys at Law, PLLC, is adept at navigating these processes, including assisting first-time offenders in applying for hardship licenses.

Understanding What The State Must Prove In DUI Cases

In a DUI case, the state bears the burden of proof. They must demonstrate beyond a reasonable doubt that you were driving (or in control of) a vehicle while impaired by alcohol or a controlled substance, or had a blood/breath-alcohol level above the legal limit. Bernhardt Riley’s team delves into these elements, challenging the state’s evidence and building a strong defense.

Florida’s stringent DUI laws mean that a conviction carries serious consequences. However, not every DUI case is clear-cut. There are numerous defense strategies that can be employed, each requiring a deep understanding of the law and the specifics of your case.

Frequently Asked Questions

A DUI conviction can have serious consequences in Florida. Our criminal defense attorneys are here to answer your questions and explain the legal process so that you can proceed with confidence. Our lawyers have a diverse range of experience in a variety of practice areas. This allows us to apply numerous strategies to build a strong defense on your behalf.

What are the common defenses against a DUI charge in Florida?

Common defenses against a DUI charge in Florida include challenging the legality of the DUI stop, questioning the accuracy of a breathalyzer or blood tests, arguing against the officer’s observations of impairment, and presenting evidence of not being under the influence at the time of the arrest. Each case varies, and a tailored defense strategy is developed based on the specific circumstances.

What are the steps to take immediately following a DUI arrest?

Immediately following a DUI arrest in Florida, it’s crucial to contact a DUI defense attorney. Next, request a Formal Administrative Review Hearing within 10 days to challenge your license suspension. Document everything you recall about the arrest and avoid discussing your case with anyone other than your attorney.

Why is quick action essential within 10 days of a DUI arrest?

Quick action within 10 days of a DUI arrest is essential because Florida law requires you to request a Formal Administrative Review Hearing within this timeframe to contest your driver’s license suspension. Failing to act within these 10 days can result in an automatic suspension, regardless of the outcome of your DUI case.

What are the potential consequences of a DUI conviction in Florida?

The consequences of a DUI conviction in Florida can include fines, driver’s license suspension, installation of an ignition interlock device, community service, DUI school participation, probation and possibly jail time. The severity of these penalties depends on the specifics of the case, such as the level of impairment and any prior offenses.

Let Our DUI Defense Team Protect Your Rights

Don’t let a DUI define your future. Reach out to Bernhardt Riley, Attorneys at Law, PLLC, today to schedule a consultation with our dedicated defense attorneys. Call us at 727-308-4190 or fill out our online contact form. We’re here to provide the guidance and advocacy you need to navigate this challenging time.