Why Hire a Clearwater DUI Lawyer
DUI Charges Can Ruin Your Life
Anyone who has been charged with Driving Under the Influence, or DUI, is facing major legal jeopardy, the kind that can follow someone for the rest of their life. DUI refers to when the driver of any motor vehicle on a public road has a blood-alcohol content (BAC) at or above 0.08%. It is also possible to be charged with DUI if evidence suggests that they were driving while impaired by any of a number of other controlled substances, including illegal drugs, or even medications that were legally prescribed by a doctor, depending on the circumstances.
In most cases, especially for those who have never been charged before, DUI is a misdemeanor, although many can be charged with a felony, such as when they have been charged previously. I can also become a felony is their driving causes an accident, especially if the accident leads to serious injury or death. However, anyone who has been charged with DUI will almost certainly see some aspects of their life change very drastically. If you have been charged with DUI, you will face the automatic suspension of your license on the short term, but you will also face the possibility of a criminal record that will follow you for the rest of your life, showing up whenever someone does a background check for a new job. A DUI charge is nothing like a standard speeding ticket; ignoring it and hoping it will go away should never be an option, which means everyone needs help.
Everyone charged with DUI in Clearwater should be aware that the charges are only the beginning of the process. Just because an officer accuses you of and a prosecutor charges you with DUI doesn’t mean you will be convicted of that. Many don’t realize that nearly 2,000 people in Clearwater and the rest of Pinellas County are arrested for DUI every year, but fewer than half of those result in DUI convictions. Many who are charged with DUI walk away, sometimes because the charges are dropped by the prosecutor or dismissed by the court, but other times, the person charged is able to plead to a lesser charge, meaning lesser consequences.
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The Help You Need to Face a DUI Charge
There can be many reasons for favorable dispositions, including failure by police, prosecutors and others to handle evidence properly and follow all procedures completely. However, it’s very hard to get any of those results if you act on your own. The Clearwater Criminal Defense Attorneys at Kemp, Ruge & Green Law Group have the knowledge and experience necessary to successfully investigate every aspect of your case and get any questionable evidence thrown out. That can often lead to dismissal, but even if it doesn’t happen, we may be able to get you a plea to a lesser charge, so that you face much more manageable negative consequences. We will also examine every procedure to make sure that everything that is done with the evidence in your case follows specific procedures and protocols, which can help you get out of the mess you’re in with the best possible results.
If you have been charged with DUI, you are entitled to the best representation possible. Kemp, Ruge & Green Law Group’s Clearwater DUI Attorneys will work hard to reduce the burden for you and your family. Our firm is among the best in Clearwater, in part because we work from a single guiding principle; we believe in helping people. We have won numerous awards over the years because we are very client-oriented. Our clients choose us and recommend us to others because of our very personalized and results-driven approach to client service. Every client who hires us to defend them on a DUI charge sees us as a very caring and supportive presence at an extremely traumatic time for them.
Our clients especially appreciate our approach to client communication. Kemp, Ruge and Green features a 24 HR Call Back Guarantee, which is a very strict, no-nonsense policy in which everyone who calls our office will receive an answer within 24 hours, no exceptions. You deserve a Clearwater DUI Attorney who will keep you in the loop. If you call to ask a question, your call will never go unanswered. That’s one way we help relieve the stress of a DUI charge.
How You Handle a DUI Charge Matters
The consequences of a DUI conviction are potentially life-altering. On the short term, if you don’t act quickly, you could lose your ability to drive. You may be placed on probation and you may be asked to take substance abuse classes or complete rehab. In many cases, you can be sentenced to up to six months in jail, even for a first offense. In many cases, a conviction can cost you a job or, in some cases, your entire livelihood, especially if you have a commercial drivers’ license. A conviction will also likely result in heavy fines and higher car insurance premiums. Even for a first offense, with a DUI conviction on your record, the next time you’re charged, it can mean even more serious consequences.
You should treat DUI charges very seriously, which means hiring an experienced Clearwater DUI Attorney. You can’t do it on your own. There are a great many legal details that must be dealt with if you want to lessen those negative effects, if not get an outright dismissal. The first thing you have 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 refuse to take a breath or blood test, your license will be suspended immediately. There are ways to get a hardship license from the DMV, if you know what to do.
When you get to the next steps, officers, prosecutors and others in the process are required to follow a series of procedures as part of your case. They must also handle evidence in specific ways in order to prove your case. They don’t always do what they’re supposed to do, and a Clearwater DUI Attorney from Kemp, Ruge & Green Law Group can investigate and analyze the facts of the case and the processing of evidence and use their expertise to determine whether or not the evidence the state has should be thrown out. That can make a big difference in your case.