Miami DUI lawyers wish you a safe and enjoyable Labor Day weekend

A high number of drunk driving arrests are expected as authorities hit the streets for the labor day weekend. Consulting a Miami DUI lawyer should be your first priority if you or a family member is charged with an alcohol-related offense, either on the road or on the water.

Drunk driving charges can be beat. In fact, only about half of those arrested last year on a DUI charge were found guilty, according to the Florida Highway Patrol— 36,872 were found guilty of the 63,019 arrests. Fewer than half of Miami drunk driving defendants were convicted — 2,703 of 5,955.

Moreover, sobriety checkpoints account for less than 1 percent of DUI arrests. But police agencies continue to use them as a public relations tool (and because they pay overtime). The patrol and local law enforcement are participating in a nationwide crackdown through Labor Day — “Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest.”

“Drunk driving is simply not worth the risk,” said FHP Director, Colonel John Czernis. “Violators often face jail time, the loss of their driver license, higher insurance rates, attorney fees, time away from work and dozens of other expenses. Do not take the chance. Remember, if you are over the limit, you can expect to be under arrest.”

Those who are charged should immediately hire a Miami DUI attorney. An experienced lawyer will challenge evidence, including probable cause for the traffic stop and the results of field sobriety tests and breathalyzer examinations. Field sobriety tests are entirely subjective and are really nothing more than an opinion of guilt by an officer whose job it is to gather evidence of your guilt. Many drivers mistakenly believe a good showing on field sobriety tests will permit them to go on their way. This is not the case. Typically, an officer has already decided to arrest you by the time he or she asks you to perform the tests.

Breathalyzer results are also under constant attack. In fact, the manufacturer of Florida’s breathalyzer machines is currently ignoring a court order to reveal the computer code used to determine breath results. The company claims it is a trade secret while a judge has ruled in favor of defense attorneys who are seeking the information to better defend clients.

Drunk driving charges can lead to jail time, the loss of your driver’s license, skyrocketing insurance premiums and job loss. Enhanced penalties for a subsequent offense are a real danger — particularly when driving around with a DUI conviction becomes an invitation for future stops by law enforcement. The total cost of an average drunk driving arrest can reach $10,000 or more. Spending some money on an experienced attorney is the best course of action for protecting your rights, your freedom and your financial well-being.