Need Info on Florida traffic laws? If charged with a DUI in Florida, you’ll need a lawyer asap. Here are some of the most important things you need to know if you receive a DUI charge in Florida.
The law does not require you to make any statements or answer questions. You can choose whether or not to speak with the police and there is no harm in choosing not to say anything.
You have the right to remain silent
You do not have to answer any questions or make any statements regarding your legal proceedings. However, if you choose to talk to police officers, anything you say can and will, be used against you in court. This right extends even after you are arrested and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
You don’t have to take any field sobriety tests
Field sobriety tests are voluntary. Unless you believe they will help show that you are not impaired, you should not take them. These tests include the horizontal gaze nystagmus test (HGN) and the walk-and-turn test. If you refuse these tests, they cannot use their results against you in court. However, if you take these tests and fail them, they can use them against you in court.
You have the right to have an attorney represent you
Suppose you get arrested for DUI in Florida. You will need to hire an attorney immediately after your arrest. They can review all of the evidence from your point of view and determine whether there are grounds for dismissal or reduction of charges based on evidence suppression issues or other legal reasons relating to the arrest.
If I am on probation for DUI when I am stopped again, can they arrest me?
Yes. The police may charge you if there is reasonable cause to believe that you have been drinking alcohol and driving again. You will then be taken into custody and transported to the police station for a breath test.
Do I have to take another test if I already took one at the scene?
No. But you must tell your lawyer that there was an accident or any other reason the officer wanted to administer breath tests right away so that we can protect your rights through pretrial or trial motions (if necessary).
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If charged with drunk driving, you must know your options and how you can best proceed. Thankfully, Dell’Armi Law has years of experience helping clients like you navigate their way through the legal process.
Whether you’re looking for help after refusing a field sobriety test or need an attorney to answer questions about your charges, our lawyers have the expertise you need. Reach out today to learn more about what could happen next.