Musca Law Juvenile DUI
When driving under the influence (DUI) in Florida, the blood alcohol content (BAC) limit is .08. for anyone under the age of 21, the State has a “zero tolerance” clause. What this means is that a minor driver with a BAC of .02 or above can be arrested and charged with juvenile DUI. This has been adopted in response to the many alcohol-related car accidents involving minors. If you are under the age of 21 or you have a child under 21 that has been chargedwith a juvenile DUI, you should contact Musca Law immediately. Our Sarasota DUI attorneys handle cases for those living in Sarasota County and the surrounding area and also for those facing charges in Sarasota courts.
The results of a Sarasota minor DUI are harsh and can ruin a young person’s future with applications for education and employment. The incident should be dealt with as soon as possible on a legal level. A skilled Sarasota DUI lawyer can help. The more quickly we are involved, the more we can do. Possible options include motions to throw out evidence that is questionable and fighting the charges before they go to trial.
Driver’s License Reinstatement
A juvenile DUI has the same administrative driver’s license suspension guidelines. Privileges can be suspended up to 6 months, and forfeiture is possible. A formal administrative review hearing should be requested immediately and attended by you and your Sarasota DUI attorney. Musca Law can defend your case and present evidence to lessen or overturn the suspension. You may be granted a temporary driver’s license. The administrative hearing is a crucial step to defending your Sarasota juvenile DUI.
While there are tougher DUI standards in place for juveniles, there are higher standards for officers or troopers placing them under arrest, as well. A capable Sarasota DUI lawyer may be able to make sure that these standards have been followed. We may also be able to get the charges reduced or dropped entirely. The Sarasota DUI attorneys at Musca Law are not only capable, but we are also skilled negotiators that will fight for your legal rights. We can not only help you save on the exorbitant insurance fees involved in juvenile DUI driver convictions, but we can advise you on how to best handle the situation.
There are a wide range of defenses for driving under the influence (DUI) in Sarasota. The DUI laws are very particular. There are different ways to achieve a dismissal of charges or to have the evidence thrown out.Defending a DUI case is complex and should only be handled by a qualified and experienced Sarasota DUI attorney who will explore all of your possible defense options. There are a number of different ways to defend a DUI in Sarasota. These are just a few:
DUI Test Refusal
When you refuse to take a urine, breath or blood test on a DUI stop, there are automatic penalties levied against you. There are, however, several defenses for a DUI test refusal. All of the rules and regulations regarding the stop must be followed carefully by the law enforcement officer. For example, you must deliberately refuse to take the DUI test if your refusal will be used as evidence in the case. Any mistakes by the police officer or state trooper could result in evidence being thrown out or charges being dismissed.
Although many people think that DUI blood tests seal the fate of a guilty verdict in a Sarasota DUI case, this is not true. If the blood test procedure was not handled properly, the evidence may be disqualified from use in your case. The state must take the sample under specific conditions and must keep certain information on file for use by the defense. There are also possibilities of a mix-up with blood samples that can be argued in court by experienced and knowledgeable Sarasota DUI lawyers.
DUI urine testing is often considered by experts to be unreliable and inaccurate. They may report false positives and cannot determine important details in controlled substance DUIs. Musca Law can make these weaknesses in the prosecutor’s case the strong points in your case.
DUI Breath Tests
The use of the Intoxilyzer 8000 for BAC measurement is not foolproof. There are possibilities of human error, illness or physical changes that can trigger false positives and make the results unreliable. DUI breath tests are biased against females. Before you assume that a breath test over the legal limit of .08 is hopeless, contact Musca Law.
Traffic Stop Procedures
When you are stopped under suspicion of DUI and later arrested, there are a host of procedures that must be followed by the law enforcement official. The officer or trooper must have probable cause to pull you over and detain you.Your 4th Amendment rights may have been violated. If mistakes are made during the traffic stop, the charges against you could be dropped or reduced.
Musca Law covers a variety of DUI and criminal cases, including defense for women, DUI checkpoints, juvenile DUI, administrative hearings, manslaughter, property damage and controlled substance arrests. Whether you face one charge or several, contact us today to set up a consultation appointment.