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Driving under the influence (DUI) is a criminal offense in the state of Florida. Being arrested for DUI is a scary ordeal, and now that you’ve had time to digest what just happened you’re probably wondering what your options are. What is the best way to handle a DUI charge? How are the charges different if I was involved in an accident while driving under the influence? While the facts and circumstances of every DUI case are different, especially if you were involved in an auto accident, an experienced Miami drunk driving accident lawyer at Katz & Phillips, P.A. can help.

Get a Miami DUI Attorney Quickly to Protect Your Rights

From the moment you are first arrested for DUI, the clock starts working against you. There are a number of motions and defenses that can only be raised within a very limited amount of time from the date of your arrest. For example, you could lose your ability to schedule a hearing with the DMV to appeal the automatic suspension of your driving privileges in as little as 10 days after your arrest. An experienced DUI defense attorney understands the process, and can ensure that the necessary steps are taken to protect your rights throughout your case.

How Serious Are DUI Accident Charges?

Unlike typical DUIs, which are serious enough, the charges for DUI increase substantially where there are bodily or property damages involved. One distinguishing factor is that the driver who caused the accident did so while committing a crime (driving under the influence) rather than just through mere negligence, which is the typical standard when assessing fault and liability in an auto accident. This means that, in addition to the criminal charges, which can be felony charges for DUI accidents, you may also have to defend yourself in civil court. With a DUI accident, the stakes are higher. It is imprudent to defend your case without the help of a Miami drunk driving accident attorney.

DUI Accident Defenses

In addition to proving that the defendant was driving under the influence, the prosecutor must also prove that the defendant was breaking the law in some other way and caused the accident. These additional burdens of proof make DUI accident cases much more complex. Some common defenses to DUI charges include:

  • Lack of probable cause (this defense is not usually available where the driver was involved in an accident)
  • Mistakes in the administration of a field sobriety test
  • Inaccurate breath test or blood test readings

The actual defenses available in your case are factually dependent, and a drunk driving accident lawyer in Miami will review your case to determine how best to proceed. An attorney will also be able to review the facts and circumstances surrounding the accident itself, and help defend you against civil and criminal liabilities resulting from it.

Arrange a Free Consultation With Our Miami Drunk Driving Accident Law Firm

The lawyers at Katz & Phillips, P.A. have decades of collective experience handling all types of DUI cases. We understand this is personal, not just business, and promise we will do everything we can to obtain a favorable outcome. Call us today to schedule a free consultation.