Skilled DUI Defense in Florida
Bernhardt Riley: Your Advocates in Florida DUI Defense
Facing a DUI charge in Florida can be daunting, with penalties more severe than in many other states. But with Bernhardt Riley, you have a team that understands the complexities of DUI law and the nuances of an effective defense strategy.
Why DUI Defense is Different in Florida
Florida’s stringent DUI laws mean that a conviction carries serious consequences. However, not every DUI case is clear-cut. There are numerous defense strategies that can be employed, each requiring a deep understanding of the law and the specifics of your case.
Stephen M. Bernhardt: From Prosecutor to Protector
Stephen M. Bernhardt’s unique background as a former DUI prosecutor for the State Attorney’s Office equips him with insider knowledge on how the prosecution operates. This experience is invaluable in crafting the best defense strategy for your DUI case.
Navigating Driver’s License Issues After a DUI Arrest
A critical aspect of any DUI case in Florida involves the driver’s license. You must act swiftly, demanding a Formal Administrative Review Hearing within 10 days of your arrest to contest your driver’s license suspension. Bernhardt Riley is adept at navigating these processes, including assisting first-time offenders in applying for hardship licenses.
Understanding What the State Must Prove in DUI Cases
In a DUI case, the State bears the burden of proof. They must demonstrate beyond a reasonable doubt that you were driving (or in control of) a vehicle while impaired by alcohol or a controlled substance, or had a blood/breath-alcohol level above the legal limit. Bernhardt Riley’s team delves into these elements, challenging the State’s evidence and building a strong defense.
Your First Step: FREE Consultation with Bernhardt Riley
If you’re facing DUI charges in Pinellas, Hillsborough, or Pasco Counties, start with a FREE consultation. Bernhardt Riley is ready to meet at the scene of your DUI arrest or at any of our convenient Tampa Bay locations.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the common defenses against a DUI charge in Florida?
Common defenses against a DUI charge in Florida include challenging the legality of the DUI stop, questioning the accuracy of breathalyzer or blood tests, arguing against the officer’s observations of impairment, and presenting evidence of not being under the influence at the time of arrest. Each case varies, and a tailored defense strategy is developed based on the specific circumstances.
How can Bernhardt Riley help reinstate my driver’s license after a DUI?
Bernhardt Riley assists in reinstating your driver’s license by representing you at the Formal Administrative Review Hearing, which must be requested within 10 days of your arrest. We can also guide first-time offenders through the process of applying for a hardship license, addressing each step to improve your chances of a favorable outcome.
What are the steps to take immediately following a DUI arrest?
Immediately following a DUI arrest in Florida, it’s crucial to contact a DUI defense attorney. Next, request a Formal Administrative Review Hearing within 10 days to challenge your license suspension. Document everything you recall about the arrest and avoid discussing your case with anyone other than your attorney.
Why is quick action essential within 10 days of a DUI arrest?
Quick action within 10 days of a DUI arrest is essential because Florida law requires you to request a Formal Administrative Review Hearing within this timeframe to contest your driver’s license suspension. Failing to act within these 10 days can result in an automatic suspension, regardless of the outcome of your DUI case.
What are the potential consequences of a DUI conviction in Florida?
The consequences of a DUI conviction in Florida can include fines, driver’s license suspension, installation of an ignition interlock device, community service, DUI school participation, probation, and possibly jail time. The severity of these penalties depends on the specifics of the case, such as the level of impairment and any prior offenses.
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With Bernhardt Riley, you’re not just getting a legal defense; you’re gaining a team committed to protecting your rights and guiding you through the complexities of Florida’s DUI laws. Contact us today for expert legal assistance in your DUI case.