Jacksonville, Florida DUI AttorneysIf you have been arrested for driving under the influence, or DUI as it is commonly called, an attorney at Makofka and Makofka can help you. While DUI’s range in severity based upon the driver’s blood alcohol level, driving record, or whether or not there was a related motor vehicle accident, one thing is certain: all DUI’s can severely impact your life. An experienced DUI attorney can evaluate your case and inform you of your options.
Time is Ticking - Take Immediate Action After a DUI ChargeDUI’s, as much as any charge, require immediate action. Within 10 days of being issued a citation for driving under the influence, the accused has the right to request a formal review hearing with the department of motor vehicles. The formal review hearing is a great opportunity to question the officers involved with the arrest and possibly even defeat the citation. If a request is not made within the 10 days, then the right to the hearing is waived and another opportunity to question the arresting officer before trial might not be made available.
40,677Mothers Against Drunk Driving reported over 40,000 DUI arrests in 2014.
26,291Florida had nearly 26,00 DUI convictions last year.
12 MonthsIn Florida, refusing a breath, blood, or urine test is a violation of implied consent law and will result in an automatic suspension of your license and driving privileges.
18 MonthsDriving privilege will be suspended for 18 months on a second refusal of a breath, blood, or urine test.
10 DaysYou have 10 days to request a review hearing regarding your license suspension or your right is waived.
Whether or not you believe that you were driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, you still have rights under our constitution. In fact, you have the same rights as every other person. In order for a police officer to lawfully pull you over, the officer must have probable cause to believe that you have committed a driving infraction or reasonable suspicion that a crime, such as a DUI, is taking place.
Were You The Victim of a “Bad Stop” By an Officer?
Often times a driver will be pulled over and arrested even if the officer did not have probable cause to believe that driving infraction has occurred or reasonable suspicion that a crime is being committed. We call this a “bad stop.” If a bad stop has occurred, then the stop and anything that occurred after, such as the field sobriety exercises, breath test, or urine screen should be suppressed. If suppressed, then the case will likely be dismissed.
Let Us Fight For Your Driving Privilege
We have handled many, many DUI cases over the years and have defended individuals in Duval, St. Johns, Clay, Nassau, and Baker Counties. Our experience can be the difference in your case. If you have been arrested for DUI, call us today for a free consultation. We will answer your questions and let you know how we can help you get though this difficult time.