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You Need a Pinellas County DUI Attorney Who Cares

Anyone who has been charged with Driving Under the Influence, or DUI, faces some very serious legal jeopardy; the kind that can negatively impact your life. A DUI means you have been accused of operating a motor vehicle on a public road while legally impaired, which means having a blood-alcohol content of 0.08% or higher, or that your normal faculties are impaired. Being charged with DUI is nothing like a simple traffic ticket. Not only will you face the potential loss of your driving privilege, but you may have a criminal record follow you for the rest of your life. The potential consequences are so serious that you need a highly skilled Palm Harbor DUI Attorney on your side to help.

You should understand that the fact that you have been charged with DUI based on what a police officer claims he or she saw doesn’t mean you will be convicted. In fact, while there are about 3,300 DUI arrests in Pinellas County every year, approximately half of those people are never convicted of DUI. Throughout Florida, about 55,000 DUI arrests are made every year, with only about 60 percent of those arrested being convicted. That means more than 20,000 people statewide are charged with DUI, but are not convicted every year. In some cases, the charges are dropped by the prosecutor or dismissed by the court. Often, there may be a plea bargain, in which the person charged agrees to plead guilty to a lesser charge with lesser consequences.

Avoiding the worst possible consequences requires a close look at the details of a case to find irregularities. Sometimes, police fail to fulfill their duties under the law, or someone fails to handle evidence properly. Blood tests, for example, must be handled a certain way or they’re not valid. Breath tests can sometimes give an inaccurate reading due to a variety of factors, some of them having to do with health. To discover irregularities or flaws in a case requires a thorough knowledge of the process and most people don’t know enough about DUI to know what to look for. That is why it’s essential to hire a lawyer who does. The Palm Harbor DUI Attorneys at Kemp, Ruge & Green Law Group have the experience and the skill set needed to successfully investigate every aspect of your case and get questionable evidence thrown out. Such discoveries can often lead to dismissal, or at least a plea to a lesser charge. Knowing how to handle a DUI case can reduce the negative consequences. We will examine every detail in the prosecution’s case against you. If there’s a flaw, we can find it and use it to help you.

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You Need a Pinellas County DUI Attorney Who Cares

If you have been charged with DUI, you are entitled to the best representation possible. A Palm Harbor Criminal Defense Attorney from Kemp, Ruge & Green Law Group has been there before. That’s why they have the skills to provide you with the best representation possible, which will help to lessen the burden for you and your family. Kemp, Ruge & Green Law Group is one of the most experienced firms in Palm Harbor and the surrounding area, in part because we work from a single guiding principle. We believe in helping people.

Over the years, our team has received many honors and won many awards, often because of our very personalized and results-driven approach to client service. Every client who hires us to defend them on a DUI charge will find that we are a very caring and supportive presence at what is a very difficult and challenging time for them. People often recommend us to others because they know we care.

One reason our clients like us is our approach to client communication. Our 24 HR Call Back Guarantee is something we take very seriously. It is a very strict, no-nonsense policy, in which everyone who calls our office will receive an answer within 24 hours, no exceptions. We believe your attorney should care about your case as much as you do and that you should always be kept in the loop regarding your case. Given that it’s your life that is on the line, that’s not too much to ask. If you call your attorney to ask a question, you can relax; your call to our firm will never go unanswered. That’s one critical way we help relieve the stress of a DUI charge.

Ignoring a DUI Charge is Not an Option:

The possible negative consequences of a DUI conviction can be life-altering. You may lose your ability to drive for some time due to a license revocation. You may be placed on probation for a time, with restrictions that could make life difficult. You may be required to take substance abuse classes or complete rehab. In many cases, even for a first offense, a judge can sentence you to as much as six months in jail. It is not uncommon for a DUI conviction to cost someone their job, or even their career. This is especially true if you have a commercial drivers’ license, or CDL. The loss of a CDL is automatic upon conviction for DUI, even if you weren’t driving your truck at the time. That means truck drivers who are convicted of DUI will see their lives turned upside down.

A DUI conviction will likely result in substantial fines and higher car insurance premiums. You should also keep in mind that, once a DUI conviction is on your record, it stays there; it will even be there when you apply for a job or a security clearance sometime later in life. Also, with one conviction on your record, the next time you’re charged with DUI, the consequences can be even more serious.

While DUI charges are very serious, it is possible to lessen the consequences. To do that, there are a great many legal details that must be handled properly, and you can’t hesitate. The first thing to deal with is the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), who will initiate proceedings to revoke your license if you don’t act almost immediately. If you are pulled over and you refuse to take a breath or blood test, your license will be suspended, but there are ways to get a hardship license from the DMV, if you know what to do. That’s why you need a Palm Harbor DUI Attorney on your side, who will know how to help you do that.

In any DUI case, police officers, prosecutors and others in the process must follow a series of procedures to get a conviction. They must handle evidence in specific ways, but they don’t always do everything necessary. A Palm Harbor DUI Attorney from Kemp, Ruge & Green Law Group will immediately begin a thorough investigation and analyze both the facts of the case and the processing of evidence. There are many possible technicalities that may help your case, and our expertise allows them to determine whether the state has followed them all. If not, we¬†can have evidence thrown out, which can make a big difference in your case.

If you have been charged with DUI, the Palm Harbor DUI Attorneys at Kemp, Ruge & Green Law Group have been in the Pinellas County courts many times and they have handled it all before. Their knowledge and experience allows them to find all of the deficiencies and flaws your case and they know how to present them to the local prosecutors in a way that could mean the difference between having to spend time in jail or having to deal with few inconveniences. Contact us today for a free consultation.