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Need to Beat a DUI Charge? Here Are 5 Things You Shouldn't Do

Your DUI case in Florida begins at the time you were pulled over by an officer, including the reasons they may (or may not) have had for stopping you. From that point on, everything you do could end up playing a part in how your DUI case proceeds. While in just about any DUI case, no matter how serious or complex the charges, there are defense strategies that could help you overcome a DUI charge, there are also ways you could end up undermining your own case. Of course, your best shot at learning the defenses available in your case is to consult a DUI lawyer as soon as possible. In the meantime, here several of many things you want to never do if you face DUI charges.

  1. Skip out on your court hearing. If you miss your scheduled DUI hearing, a judge will sign off on a bench warrant, meaning that you could be arrested and kept in jail until your trial, with no chance for bail. While that's bad enough, when it actually comes to the trial, this missed hearing and bench warrant will look very, very bad to a judge and jury.
  2. Keep others posted on your case via social media. Just don't do it. Even if you have beefed up your privacy settings, prosecutors can still find your posts, and they can use them against you. Even if a comment is seemingly harmless, your own words can be warped in court. Don't say anything at all about your pending case.
  3. Partying and getting drunk. If any such behavior is seen in public, evidence of it can find its way into the courtroom, damaging how the court will view you. It's best to keep the drinking and party attending to a minimum while your case is still up in the air.
  4. Drive on a suspended license. If you could not regain your driving privileges after a DMV hearing, then it will only make matters worse to drive anyway. This on its own can bring on fines, and it can also extend the term of your license suspension and even lead to a harsher sentence if you get a DUI conviction.
  5. Handle your own DUI defense. There is a reason it takes a law degree to be proficient in all the technicalities of the law and the courtroom. Give yourself the best shot in court. Work with a professional who knows every deadline and local law that could affect your case, including a full knowledge of your legal rights and when an officer or prosecutor has violated them, and who further has a proven history of mounting a strong legal defense.

What do you face if your DUI defense falls through? You could be looking not only at months in jail and thousands of dollars in fines, but you could looking at a life of being viewed as a convicted criminal. This is a penalty that can ruin all your future prospects. When you face such a serious charge as a DUI, you need to not only avoid harming your case, but you need to take every step possible to fight your charge. Ideally, not only would you find an experienced DUI lawyer to take your case, but you would also be working with a defender who has previous experience as a police officer and prosecutor to inform their defense strategies. You can find such qualified DUI defense lawyers at Thomas & Paulk, P.A.

If you are looking for a DUI attorney in Tampa, you can find the proven and dedicated defense you deserve at Thomas & Paulk, P.A. Call us today to schedule your free consultation!

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