New State Attorney Program Gives Miami DUI Suspects A Break

NBC News reports that the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office has recently come up with a new program that would keep DUI convictions off first-time offenders’ records.

While this sounds like a break if you’ve been arrested, an experienced Miami DUI attorney would be skeptical of such a program. Don’t automatically take this deal if you’re arrested for DUI in Miami. Do your research and contact someone who can assess all aspects of your case. Frequently such programs are difficult to complete and just lead to additional legal problems down the road.

According to the news story, the “Back on Track” program would apply to first-time offenders not involved in a crash and would have the DUI charge reduced to reckless driving and adjudication would be withheld, meaning the charge wouldn’t show up on the person’s record. It would require a year in drug and alcohol treatment, an ignition interlock device placed in the defendant’s vehicle, DUI driving school and possibly community service.

The words by the office’s spokesman speak to why this program may not be so beneficial to everyone.

“At the moment there are so many DUI cases where individuals walk out the back door with a smile on their face because the case was dropped because a witness didn’t show up,” he said.

Shaky witnesses, faulty field sobriety testing and possibly an illegal stop by police are all areas that would be explored by an aggressive DUI criminal law firm.

Perhaps this new program offered by prosecutors would be beneficial, but you won’t know until an attorney with experience handling drunken driving cases can look at all the facts of the case. Additionally, such programs typically result in an automatic guilty verdict in the event you fail to complete the program. In other words, you give up your right to contest the charges by virtue of entering the program.