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What to Do if You’re Arrested for a DUI in Florida

Decisive criminal defense attorneys protecting you from start to finish

The attorneys at Shafer Law, P.A. understand that being arrested for DUI can be a stressful experience. Many people are intimidated by police officers and tend to comply with every one of their requests. Even though you have been arrested you still have rights, and it’s important that you are aware of them.

What are your rights?

If you’re pulled over for suspicion of DUI, the police may attempt to elicit information from you other than your driver’s license, registration and insurance.  You are not legally obligated to provide any more information than these three pieces of identification.

  • You have a right to an attorney at the moment of the stop
  • You can refuse the breath test, urine test or blood test
  • You have the right to refuse the field sobriety tests conducted at the scene where you were pulled over

If you are arrested, the officer must read you your Miranda rights. Any evidence obtained from a violation of your rights cannot be used against you if you’re brought to trial.

Note that a refusal to take the Breathalyzer® will result in an automatic suspension of your license.  However, it will be incredibly difficult for a police officer to prove in a courtroom you were intoxicated if s/he lacks the physical evidence.  The accomplished DUI defense attorneys of Shafer Law, P.A. have the skills and experience needed to craft a defense strategy to reduce, if not completely eliminate, a harsh sentence.

Contact our Jacksonville firm today for a free initial consultation

Florida criminal law is complicated and you’ll need a skilled DUI attorney to represent you if you have been arrested for DUI. In Jacksonville, the attorneys at Shafer Law, P.A. will gladly take on your DUI case and represent your legal rights. To schedule your free initial consultation, call us at 888-821-5915 or complete our quick contact web form. A representative from our firm will respond shortly.