The state of Florida had over 33,600 DUI convictions in 2011, with 2,274 of those occurring in Miami-Dade County. Local law enforcement are adamant about keeping the streets of Southern Florida safe, but this does not always mean that their actions are correct. Unfortunately, drivers may be accused of drunk driving without actually having committed the offense. Whether a law officer did not have probable cause to stop the driver or the person's blood alcohol content (BAC) level was not over the legal limit, there are many DUI defenses that can be used to reduce or dismiss your charges.
With the help of a qualified and diligent South Florida DUI lawyer, your chance of a successful verdict may be greatly improved. As a former prosecutor, Attorney Eric Matheny understands how the other side of the courtroom operates. With this invaluable knowledge regarding the various tactics used by the prosecution, he has the upper hand.
Consequences for driving under the influence vary on the driver's BAC level, if they were under the age of 21 and what number offense this is on their record. Under Florida State Law, there is a Zero Tolerance policy for underage drinking and driving. If a law enforcement officer were to pull over any individual under the age of 21 and if their BAC was at .02 or higher, their driver's license would be automatically suspended for 6 months. Below we have listed some of the potential penalties involved for different DUI offenses:
First-Time DUI (with a BAC from .08 to .14 percent):
Not only can these penalties cause financial and emotional hardship for you or your loved ones, the mark on your criminal record can also mess with your future. Applying for certain jobs, housing or even educational opportunities could be marred by having a DUI conviction. In addition, many of these penalties can make it difficult for you to sustain your current job. If your driver's license is suspended you will not be able to go to work freely on your own and community service or DUI programs could run into your normal work schedule. Do not put your future at risk, but retain the legal representation of a South Florida criminal lawyer who truly cares about your unique situation. Attorney Eric Matheny has tried over 50 jury and non-jury trials and is passionate about protecting his clients' rights.
Spending his first years out of law school by working as the Assistant State Attorney for the Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office, Attorney Matheny learned quickly how to handle everything from DUI charges to felony cases. During his career as a prosecutor he learned the tactics and information that is needed to prove that someone is guilty. With this insider knowledge, he has been able to anticipate the words and actions of the prosecution in his own clients' cases. Having been featured in various local publications such as the Miami New Times and the Sun Sentinel, he is esteemed as a reputable legal advocate.
At The Law Offices of Eric M. Matheny, P.A., it is our goal to prepare a solid case for each of our clients that not only keeps them out of jail, but gives them the best possible opportunity at a fresh start. We also work extensively with those that want their criminal record cleared later down the road, as we assist those seeking expungements. It is most ideal; however, to avoid a conviction in the first place.
Please do not hesitate to contact our South Florida criminal defense lawyer located in Miami Lakes to schedule your initial appointment. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to be of service to all of our prospective and current clients.
With an insider’s perspective on how the justice system works, our lawyer case assess the strengths and weaknesses of a case which gives him the ability to make wise, informed decisions on how to proceed, no matter what you are facing. Attorney Matheny has handled over 50 jury and non-jury trials and proudly serves the accused and arrested in Miami-Dade County, Broward County, and Palm Beach County.Learn More about His Experience