If you face charges of driving under the influence (DUI) in Miami-Dade County or a surrounding county, you probably are concerned about how it will impact you professionally as well as personally. If not, you should be.

Florida authorities take drunk driving seriously, and you should, too. DUI is prosecuted more aggressively than speeding or other traffic crimes, especially if the accused has one or more DUI convictions on his or her record. At Magilligan Law in Hollywood, I provide equally assertive defense against DUI and other traffic offenses.

Florida law states that any individual over 21 who operates a motor vehicle with blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08 percent or higher is driving under the influence. Under the state’s “no tolerance” policy, if you are under the legal drinking age of 21, you can be charged with DUI if you have BAC of .02 or higher.

Fines, compulsory classes, a car insurance rate increase and other costs associated with a first-time DUI conviction can easily exceed $5,000. Clearly, enlisting the services of an experienced DUI lawyer like myself can be a smart investment.

You Can Fight DUI Charges

Whether you face a first-time DUI charge, or you have previous DUI convictions and face an additional one, it is important to realize that you can fight back. I am a DUI defense lawyer who has extensive experience on the prosecution side as well, having served as an assistant state attorney with the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office before becoming a criminal defense attorney.

There are a number of steps to properly stop and investigate a motorist for drunk driving. Even veteran law enforcement officers frequently make mistakes when implementing a field sobriety test. I will review the facts of your arrest to determine if errors were made or if your constitutional rights were violated by an overzealous law enforcement officer. I know how fragile — and sometimes incorrect or inadmissible — state’s evidence can be.

In other cases, the state may be willing to lower the charge to a “wet reckless” or other lesser offense. I am experienced in negotiating this kind of agreement, which can save you thousands of dollars and allow you to keep your license.

Get A Clearer Picture Of What You Face

If you have been charged with DUI or any other traffic offense, contact me. I charge a flat fee for every case I handle based on the facts involved. I will review the facts of your case and tell you candidly if it makes sense to hire a lawyer. Given the state’s aggressive approach to prosecuting DUIs, it almost always makes sense to have a knowledgeable attorney in your corner.