Board Certified DUI Defense Attorney Ben Stechschulte
Accused of DUI: Now What?
A DUI is serious. In the state of Florida, a DUI conviction can remain on your record for 75 years. So, it is normal to feel anxious and afraid when facing a DUI charge. With so much going through your head, it is hard to know who to call or what to do next. There are a few things, however, that you need to do immediately.
- Only a 10 Day Window to Get License Restored - You must contact the DMV within 10 days of your arrest date to apply for a hardship license. There are no exceptions. If you depend on your ability to drive for employment, health or family reasons, don't procrastinate. After 10 days, the opportunity is gone and you may be without a license for months.
- Hire a Private Attorney - Considering what is at stake, hiring a private attorney is critical. If your DUI resulted from an accident or involves a complex situation, a seasoned attorney should be consulted immediately. The sooner an attorney gets involved, the sooner they can begin work on your behalf. Avoid discussing your case with anyone, even friends and family, until you speak with an attorney. Anything you say to law enforcement or potential witnesses could harm your case or eliminate your best defense. Letting an attorney handle everything, including working with the DMV to secure a hardship license, will assure your case is handled consistently and in your best interest. Because they know the people and the system, an experienced DUI attorney may successfully argue to eliminate damaging evidence. As a result, your case could be dropped without even going to court.
Board Certified with DMV Experience
Now you realize you need an attorney, but how do you select one? It is hard to know which is best when they all claim to provide the best DUI defense. To make it more difficult, the best lawyer is not necessarily the most expensive. Fortunately, there are other tools you can use to evaluate a lawyer.
Board Certified with Experience Dealing with the DMV
Once you decide to seek the help of an attorney, how do you select one from the crowd of attorneys all claiming to provide the best DUI defense? The best lawyer is not always the most expensive or the one who advertises the most. Fortunately, there are formal things you can look for. For instance, board certified attorneys have been evaluated for professionalism and proficiency in a given area of practice by the Florida Bar itself. Some attorneys were former prosecutors, so they have knowledge of the court system from both sides. Others have a high volume of traffic law cases and are familiar with key personnel at the DMV.
Personal and Individual Attention
In addition to meeting formal criteria, a good attorney should be interested in you. Every DUI defendant is different, and a good attorney will take the time to learn as much as possible about your situation. When your job or career are on the line, you want someone who will do more than just answer phone calls and appear in court.
Attorney Ben Stechschulte: Free Legal Opinion
Attorney Ben Stechschulte is a board certified criminal trial lawyer and former prosecutor with over 10 years of DMV experience. If you are anxious about your case or need to restore your driver’s license quickly, call Ben for a free consultation. He will answer any questions, explain the process and provide a free legal opinion regarding your best defense based upon the initial interview. Best of all, he will personally pick up the phone and work to get your license restored so you can get your life back to normal as soon as possible. Remember, there is only a 10 Day Window to Restore Your License, so Call Ben Today.
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