In Florida, more than 40% of DUI cases involve a refusal to submit to a lawful test requested by a law enforcement officer after an arrest. Depending on the circumstances, the officer can request a breath test, blood test or urine test. People have a lot of different reasons to refuse testing. For some people, they feel as if the law enforcement officer is being unfair and do not trust that the test will be administered fairly. For other people, they believe that not taking the test will help them resolve the accusations in a more favorable way.
No matter the reason for the refusal, it comes with several pros and cons. The benefits of refusing to submit including denying the prosecutor of the most important evidence that might exist in the case and the ability to charge the "per se" version of DUI. Instead, the prosecutor must prove that you drove under the influence of alcohol or drugs to the extent that the alcohol or drugs impaired your normal faculties. Most importantly, recent statistics in Florida show that a person who refuses testing if far more likely to avoid a DUI conviction on both a pre-trial and after trial basis.
The cons including a longer period for the administrative suspension (assuming the suspension is not invalidated during a formal review hearing that can be requested within 10 days of the arrest).
If you were arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) in Ft. Lauderdale or the surrounding areas of Broward County, FL, then contact an experienced DUI defense attorney at Meltzer & Bell, P.A.. We represent clients on a variety of different types of DUI cases from a first offense to a felony charge for a repeat offense.
The criminal defense attorneys at Meltzer & Bell, P.A. represent clients in Broward County courts, including in Fort Lauderdale, Wilton Manors, Coconut Creek, Margate, Tamarac, Weston, Deerfield Beach, Sunrise, Plantation, Davie, Pompano Beach, Coral Springs, Hollywood, and Pembroke Pines.
If you drive on the roads in Florida or obtain a Florida driver's license then you give your agree to submit to a lawfully requested breath test after a DUI arrest. To be lawfully arrested, the officer must have probable cause that you were driving under the influence or in actual physical control of a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance.
In fact, every Florida driver’s license now says: “Operator of a motor vehicle constitutes consent to any sobriety test required by law." It is impossible for an officer to “force” you to take a breath test. Instead, if you refuse, then Florida law provides for several adverse consequences including:
If you were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs in Ft. Lauderdale or the surrounding areas of Broward County, then contact an experienced criminal defense attorney at Meltzer & Bell, P.A.. Our attorneys represent clients throughout South Florida from our offices in Ft. Lauderdale. We represent clients from a first DUI through a second or subsequent offense. We are experienced in resolving cases involving a number of aggravating factors such as a DUI with property damage, a child passenger under 18 years old, or a BAC of .15 or more.
Call us to discuss your case. We can represent you through each stage of the case from the formal review hearing at the Bureau of Administrative Reviews at the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV). We also represent our clients during each stage of the criminal case from the arraignment, through the pre-trial motions, through a bench or jury trial. Call today to discuss your case.
Our DUI defense attorneys represent men and women charged with both misdemeanor and felony offenses in the courtrooms in Broward County after a DUI arrest in Fort Lauderdale, Wilton Manors, Coconut Creek, Margate, Tamarac, Weston, Deerfield Beach, Sunrise, Plantation, Davie, Pompano Beach, Coral Springs, Hollywood, and Pembroke Pines.
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