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Edward Lopez
Attorney at Law

Venture Corporate Center
3440 Hollywood Boulevard
Suite 415
Hollywood, FL 33021
Phone: 954-241-1212
Fax: 954-241-4206
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Hollywood DUI Defense Attorney

Driving Under The Influence

Driving under the influence (DUI) is a criminal charge that can affect people of all ages from all walks of life. Although DUI is a common criminal charge for people to face, the consequences are no less serious. A DUI conviction comes with serious consequences in Florida. Even a first-time DUI can result in $1,000 in fines, jail time, license suspension and other consequences with your insurance company. The penalties increase with abnormally high blood-alcohol content (BAC) levels or a prior DUI conviction on your record. A third DUI conviction is considered a felony, which could result in up to five years imprisonment.

Make sure you work with a committed DUI attorney who can provide solid defense against these charges. As a Hollywood DUI defense lawyer and former assistant public defender, I have defended many people against a range of criminal charges, including drunk driving charges.

I understand that DUI charges can affect anyone. Do not let one mistake ruin your life. I will help you understand your options and walk you through the entire process of defending against DUI charges.

DUI Charges In Florida

DUI charges are brought against people who are caught driving while impaired beyond their normal faculties. The legal BAC limit in Florida is .08, and the severity of criminal charges increases for those driving with a .15 or higher BAC, including the ignition interlock requirement and up to two years imprisonment. Defense against DUI charges usually involves investigating and challenging various aspects of the police officer's actions:

  • Challenging the stop: To make a legal DUI stop, the police officer needs to have a reasonable suspicion that a crime has taken place or will take place.
  • Challenging the roadside tests: The standardized roadside sobriety tests have a number of problems that diminish their value in DUI charges. Performance in the sobriety tests is usually not an accurate indication of intoxication.
  • Challenging the breath and blood tests: If the driver was chewing gum before the test, it can skew the results. The police can make errors in the testing process and the testing machine itself can malfunction and give errant results.

When the police violate your rights or something goes wrong with the breath and blood tests, it can result in the evidence being inadmissible, which could destroy the prosecutor's case against you. As your attorney, I will explore all of the options for your DUI defense, and help you get the best results possible.

Contact A Fort Lauderdale Drunk Driving Defense Lawyer | Free Consultation

I offer free initial consultations. Call 954-241-1212 or contact me online to schedule an appointment.

Edward Lopez Attorney at Law represents clients throughout South Florida, including Broward County, Miami-Dade County and Palm Beach County, and the cities of Hollywood, Fort Lauderdale, Hallandale, Aventura, Davie, Pembroke Pines, Plantation and Miami, Florida.