Super Bowl is coming Sunday and that means DUI arrests here in Ft. Myers, Cape Coral and Leheigh are going to be up. Many people are staying in Southwest Florida and driving over for the Super Bowl. There will be hundreds of Super Bowl parties and that means guzzling suds and then driving under the influence. The police are going to out in force with extra emphasis on drunk drivers and drunken wrong-way drivers. There may well be checkpoints because when the game ends, the party is over, and everyone is headed home. Super Bowl night can result in more arrests than New Year’s Eve when it comes to DUI charges.
As a DUI lawyer, my advice is don’t drink and drive. Take an Uber. Sadly, most of you will not follow my advice. Do you know why? Alcohol impairs judgment, long before it impairs your physical ability to drive. If you have a couple of drinks, your impaired judgment will affect your decision as to whether or not to get in the car and drive home. Your impaired judgment will also affect what you do when you get stopped. You may think doing “field sobriety exercises” is a good thing. You may think “blowing” in the alcohol testing device is a good thing. You may thing saying “I only had two beers” is a good thing. Alcohol is going to affect what you do and say in your interaction with the arresting officer and 99% of the time, you are going to do the wrong thing. This is where a good experienced DUI lawyer can make a huge difference.
You don’t have to be drunk to get arrested. All you have to do is be somewhat impaired. A couple of beers or two glasses of wine is all it takes. This is particularly true if you are not used to consuming alcohol. If you get arrested for driving under the influence, there are a bunch of things you need to do right away. Your driver’s license is at stake and there are time deadlines and a bunch of hoops you have to jump through to preserve you ability to drive (even for work purposes). When you get out of jail, it is imperative to get in touch with a really good, really experience criminal lawyer that knows the ropes when it comes to DUI defense. Picking the best DUI lawyer is tough. Lawyers all claim to be good at DUI defense. Sometimes, the bondsman you used will recommend (his friend) as a good lawyer. Sometimes a relative may recommend someone they used.
Hiring the best DUI lawyer for your facts, your case, your budget and your driving history is a daunting challenge. Picking the right lawyer is like picking the right doctor for your situation. You don’t go to a foot doctor for a heart problem. All lawyers are not the same. Not all lawyers actually try DUI cases. Is the lawyer good at lawyering or just good at advertising?
My suggestion is for you to make an appointment, go in person, sit and discuss your case and then ask the lawyer about his actual real qualifications and experience. You decide, “Is this the lawyer I want standing beside me in Court?” You have already made a bad decision by driving. Your next decision on who to hire has to be a good one. Do your homework. How long has he been defending DUI cases? How many DUI cases has he actually tried as a defense lawyer? At our criminal defense firm it does not cost you anything for a “free consultation”. At least then you will know you options. If you or someone you know has been arrested in Ft Myers, Cape Coral, Lehigh Acres, Port Charlotte or Boca Grand Call Today!!!