Answers To Your Most Frequently Asked Questions
Beckham Solis, Attorneys at Law, practices driving under the influence (DUI) defense exclusively in the Miami-Dade County. Our partners have over 35-plus years of combined experience and are recognized for their knowledge and experience. Our firm is more than capable of answering any questions that you may have about our experience, your case or the DUI process. We are also fluent in Spanish.
My friend just got arrested for a DUI. How do I get them out of jail?
The first thing you should do is call an attorney or a bondsman. The amount the bond is for depends on the severity of the charge. You will be expected to post 10% of the total bondable amount that is set by the court. Generally, this is around $1,500.
I just got out of jail for a DUI. What do I do?
You will have two cases to deal with. The first has to do with the suspension of your license by the Florida DMV. The second is the criminal case that is handled by the Attorney’s Office. To fight your license suspension, you have to file a formal administrative review within 10 days of your arrest. We can help you do this and later represent you.
What penalties am I facing? Will I lose my license?
When it comes to your criminal charges, you could be looking at one year in jail. Depending on the severity of the charges, it could be more. If you refuse to submit a breathalyzer, you will be facing at least a 90-day license suspension.
How long will it take until my case is resolved?
Our goal is to resolve your case as soon as possible. In general, a case can take a few months to be properly resolved depending on the complexity of the issues and the amount of work to be done.
Will I have to go to court?
We do everything we can to keep our clients out of the courtroom. For most DUI cases, we can appear in court on your behalf and can resolve your case without your presence.
What are common reasons a police officer will suspect someone has been drinking and driving?
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the following behaviors are typical indications:
- Straddling center of lane marker
- “Appearing to be drunk”
- Almost striking object or vehicle
- Speed more than 10 mph below limit
- Braking erratically
- Driving into opposing or crossing traffic
- Slow response to traffic signals
- Stopping inappropriately (other than in lane)
- Accelerating or decelerating rapidly
- Headlights off
What should I tell a police officer if I’ve been pulled over?
If a cop asks if you’ve been drinking and driving, you are not legally obligated to answer. You may politely respond that you would like to speak with an attorney before answering any questions. However, it is not incriminating to say you had one or two beers. If the officer smells alcohol on your breath, this explanation might be acceptable.
What signs of intoxication does an officer typically look for?
The traditional symptoms of intoxication taught at the police academies are:
- Flushed face
- Red, watery, glassy and/or bloodshot eyes
- Odor of alcohol on breath
- Slurred speech
- Failure to comprehend the officer’s questions
- Swaying/instability on feet
- Soiled, rumpled disorderly clothing
- Disorientation as to time and place
- Inability to follow directions
If I am asked to take a field sobriety test, what should I do?
Although you are legally obligated to submit to a chemical test, you are not legally required to submit to a field sobriety test. In fact, submitting to a field sobriety test might add to the evidence the officer will use against you.
Should I blow into a breathalyzer?
When you get your driver’s license, you agree to submit to a breathalyzer test should an officer believe that you are driving under the influence. Refusing the breathalyzer will give you an automatic license suspension for one year.
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At Beckham Solis, Attorneys at Law, we are dedicated to the Miami-Dade community and will go the extra mile to meet your needs and fight your charges. Your initial consultation with a Miami DUI attorney from Beckham Solis, Attorneys at Law, is free, so you have nothing to lose. Schedule a consultation by calling 786-785-2101 today.