If you have been arrested and charged with a DUI in Orlando, the Z Law Firm is here to help you. Although a DUI offense is typically charged as a misdemeanor offense, the penalties and sanctions that can be imposed for a DUI are far more serious than those traditionally imposed in misdemeanor cases. For this reason, it is imperative that you seek counsel from an experienced Orlando DUI Lawyer. Our Orlando DUI Defense Attorney is a former Orlando DUI prosecutor who has successfully represented hundreds of clients charged with DUI offenses throughout Central Florida.
First Step After an Orlando DUI Arrest Immediately following your arrest, it is imperative that you consult with an Orlando DUI Defense Lawyer who will guide you through the process of reinstating your driving privileges. Keep in mind, that you only have ten-days from the date of your arrest to contest the suspension. Failure to do so will result in an Administrative Suspension for a period of six-months if you provided a BAL level greater than 0.08% or one-year if you refused to take the breath test. Our experienced Orlando DUI Lawyer will guide you through the process and apply for a temporary permit that will enable you to continue driving for work or school purposes.
Orlando DUI Defense
Being arrested and charged with a DUI can be an unsettling experience, especially if this is your first experience with the criminal justice system. Although you may feel as though all hope is lost, seeking the advice and counsel of an experienced Orlando DUI Lawyer can result in your charges being reduced or dismissed depending on the facts in your case. In each case, Attorney Zmijewski employs his years of experience in an effort to uncover and exploit mistakes made by law enforcement during the investigation of your DUI. Typical issues that will be explored include:
Did the officer have probable cause to stop your vehicle
Did the officer have probable cause to conduct a DUI investigation
If necessary, did the officer advise you of your Miranda rights
Did the officer properly instruct you on how to perform the roadside tests
Was there an in-car video that contradicts the officer’s report
Did the officer read implied consent
Was the breath test instrument properly calibrated
These are just a number of the issues that Attorney Zmijewski will explore in order to ensure that your rights are protected and that optimal results are achieved.
Orlando DUI Penalties
If you are convicted of DUI in Orlando, there are mandatory penalties that the Court must impose. The level and severity of the penalties imposed will be based on the facts of your case as well as your driving and criminal history. Some of the penalties that the Court can impose include:
Up to a 12-month suspension of your driving privileges
For a first offense, up to six-months in the county jail
Up to 12-months of supervised probation
DUI classes and drug and alcohol counseling
A minimum fine of $500
Minimum of 50-hours of community service
10-day vehicle impoundment
Former Orlando DUI Prosecutor
From 2002 – 2004, Attorney Michael Zmijewski served as a State Prosecutor in Orlando, Orange County, Florida where he litigated thousands of DUI cases. Many of those cases involved pre-trial motions and trials, and this experience is what distinguishes him from other Orlando DUI Lawyers. Take the first step and put Attorney Zmijewski’s experience to work for you by calling 407-473-1233 to schedule your free consultation.