Keep Family Insured for Cheap Car Insurance Rates Everyone can Enjoy
Family car insurance can get expensive when the cars start multiplying. Cheap car insurance becomes necessary to afford the upkeep and gas it takes to manage family cars. Do what’s best for your family, and examine policy choices to find the cheapest car insurance rates for all.
Cheap car insurance puts money into your family budget instead of putting money into multi-million dollar insurance companies. Insurance is a necessary and wise investment for the protection of you and your family, however you need to manage your policy carefully to make sure you’re getting the best rates and the coverage your family needs.
If more than one family member has a car, chances are that driving frequency, habits and experience differ, and the make and model of the cars will likely differ as well. Age, gender and education can all play a part in car insurance rates. By examining your car insurance policy to make sure you’re not under-insured or over-paying you can find the cheapest car insurance to fit your family budget.
It’s highly likely that you will find the cheapest insurance rates by insuring all family members with the same insurance company, preferably with the same insurance company you have your homeowner’s insurance or renter’s insurance under. However, there are exceptions to that probability. If you have more than two drivers, a couple teenagers, or an adult that has had DWI’s or severe at-fault accidents in the past, it will be more difficult to find cheap car insurance rates. There is a possibility that you will find cheaper car insurance by dividing the family members under two separate policies.
If you have family circumstances such as these, it may be worth your time to request several online car insurance quotes for cheap car insurance based on a whole-family scenario and a dual-family scenario. However, keeping a primary car and a secondary car on the secondary insurance policy is still generally more favorable than keeping the “risky” driver separate. Car insurance companies differ in their policy favoritisms, deductions and standard rates, and you may find that the company that gave you great homeowners insurance rates won’t be so friendly with car insurance rates for teens or drivers with a troubled past.
Families should plan carefully ahead of time which car will be listed as the primary car, and which will be listed as a secondary car. The safest car with the most experienced and safest driver should preferably be listed as the primary car and driver as the most driven car. Listing the primary car with the best standards will get you the cheapest car insurance rates for your overall policy and will help you reach the goal of finding a cheap car insurance policy you can afford.
Cheap car insurance for families can get complicated when cars and drivers are as unique as each individual family member. Taking advantage of the multitude of free online quotes can help you create the family policy for cheap car insurance that everyone can afford. Plan your primary and secondary car listings carefully, and you’ll find cheap car insurance that can keep your family driving without running on empty because of an oversized insurance budget.
1. My license was seized by the officer, or revoked. How can I get my driving privileges?
In most cases, your license is revoked for a thirty (30) day period following a DWI in Raleigh, Cary, Apex, or other parts of Wake County or North Carolina.. In many cases, you can have a restoration of “limited driving privileges” after just ten (10) days. You will need to undergo an “alcohol assessment,” provide proof of current insurance, provide your seven (7) year driving history. A lawyer can complete the petition filed on your behalf to ask the court for these privileges.
Normally the court will grant you driving privileges from 6 a.m. until 8 p.m. If you go to work earlier or later than those times, the court will usually extend those hours if you provide the court with a letter from your employer.
2. My license was revoked by the officer. When will my driving license be restored?
If you apply for “limited driving privileges,” your license will be restored as soon as ten (10) days after your DWI stop.
If you decide not to apply for “limited driving privileges,” in most cases you will get your license back thirty (30) days after the DWI stop. You will need to pay $100 fee to the DMV for this restoration.
3. How long will my case take to resolve?
It depends. If you’re stopped today, you’ll probably be given a court date about two months from now. You could resolve the case that day. That would require you to plead guilty.
Obviously I never advise clients to plead guilty on the first court appearance. Even though you’re probably very anxious to get this behind you, the faster you plea, the worse the consequences. The reason is that most District Attorneys offer their worst “deals” at the first court appearance. They figure you’re anxious to get it behind you, and anxious to do anything they ask.
In reality, a DWI case can take anywhere from six (6) to nine (9) months. The reason is that Wake County has an enormous number of cases, not just DWI cases, and the courts are slow to process them all. I’ve had clients who have waited two (2) years for a resolution to their case. Your case probably won’t last that long.
But the good news is that your chances for a favorable resolution improve as time goes on. Over time, District Attorneys get more anxious to “get rid” of old cases. In addition, if the police conducted a “blood test” on you at the time of your arrest, the results of that blood test are not available for at least six (6) months. A blood test is a much more accurate reading of your alcohol level on at the time of the arrest. Frequently, a blood test will show that the breathalyzer was wrong, and will improve your chances for a not-guilty verdict or a dismissal of the charges.
Finally, I advise all clients that they should expect a trial. It’s your right to have a trial. A trial is sometimes your best chance for a successful resolution of your case. A trial won’t be scheduled for six (6) to nine (9) months. So hold tight and relax.
The good news is that after the initial suspension of your license, you really have nothing to do until the resolution of the case. At most, you may need to make a few short court appearances until either a trial, dismissal, or plea arrangement is reached. You will probably want to complete any alcohol education classes that have been recommended. But otherwise, you can live your life.
4. What is an “alcohol assessment” and why should I get one?
An alcohol assessment is an hour-long evaluation provided by a private agency approved by the state of North Carolina. They’ll ask you questions about how frequently you drink, how much you drink, and other behavioral issues.
Ultimately the agency will make a recommendation to you about further treatment, if any, you should undergo. In nearly all cases, the agency will at least recommend a 20-hour class. In some cases, the agency will recommend more intensive treatment.
If you want to restore your limited driving privileges during the thirty (30) day initial suspension, you must provide an alcohol assessment to the court. Therefore, the sooner you get your alcohol assessment, the sooner you or your lawyer can petition for limited driving privileges.
In addition, an alcohol assessment is also valuable if you later plead guilty or are convicted of a DWI.
5. My alcohol assessment recommends that I take additional classes. Should I do that?
If you wish to restore your limited driving privileges, the petition you sign states that you will take such classes. So the answer is generally “yes.”
In addition, if you end up pleading guilty or being found guilty by a judge or a jury, the fact that you have completed any recommended alcohol treatment programs will make a difference to the judge who must sentence you following conviction.
Therefore, if you can afford to take those classes, you should do so. The 20-hour class that is most often recommended costs between $400 and $500, and involves classes on the weekends or in the evenings. You can work those classes into your schedule.
6. When I was stopped, I blew below a .08 on the breathalyzer machine. Will I still face charges, and can I be convicted of a DWI even though I blew below a .08?
Yes. I’ve seen many cases that involve a breathalyzer result of .07 or below. In fact, there are occasionally cases where the person blew a .00. Why?
First, the Wake County District Attorney is very slow to dismiss any DWI charges initiated by the police. As a result, even where there is a weak case, the District Attorney will still move forward with prosecution, hoping that the person will plead guilty.
These cases are frustrating, but if you blow below a .08, you have a reasonable – possibly even an excellent chance – of being found not-guilty by a jury. The reason is that many jurors view a result of .07 or less as an indication that you were not drunk.
Second, in some cases where other substances – marijuana or other drugs or prescribed medicine – are suspected, the DA will argue that a .07 or below merely shows that the person wasn’t drunk on alcohol. The DA will argue that the person could’ve been high on pot or some other drug or medicine.
Third, the DA will sometimes argue that the Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) level of .07 was lower because you were tested a half hour after the stop. The DA will argue that the BAC was probably above a .08 at the time of the stop.
Finally, North Carolina law specifically allows the DA to prove you were impaired in one of two ways. Either the DA can prove you had a BAC of .08 or higher. Or the DA can prove that you were “appreciably impaired” at the time you were driving. Proof of appreciable impairment could include any observations made by police or witnesses: for instance, maybe the car swerved a lot, maybe you slurred your words while talking at the stop, maybe he smelled alcohol, or maybe you made statements that indicated you were appreciably impaired.
In reality, if you did blow below a .08, your case is much stronger, in large part because many juries will not convict if they believe your BAC did not exceed the legal limit.
7. What if I blew above a .08? Am I automatically going to be convicted?
Not necessarily. Obviously, the higher you blow, the tougher your case may be to get an outright dismissal or not-guilty verdict. But these are cases that really demand a good DWI attorney.
First, there are arguments for your lawyer to make about the circumstances leading up to your arrest.
In the United States, police are not allowed to – or should not be allowed to – stop people at random and arrest them for DWIs. If the police did not have some suspicion that allowed them to stop your car, the entire stop may have been unconstitutional, and the whole case could be thrown out.
Second, there may be reasons to suspect that the breathalyzer exam was conducted improperly, or by an officer who had not taken up-to-date certification classes. In these cases, the results of the exam may be inadmissible, and therefore the defendant will likely be found not-guilty.
Third, there may be reasons to believe that the breathalyzer exam read a higher-than-proper result. For instance, certain medical conditions, including certain diets like the Adkins Diet, can induce conditions in the body that generate chemicals that produce abnormally high breathalyzer results. For these reasons, your DWI lawyer should ask for a brief medical history so that he can assess whether any of these conditions affected your results.
Fourth, you may have consumed your last drink immediately before getting into the car. If that was the case, the breathalyzer exam, conducted thirty (30) minutes after your stop may give a higher reading than you had at the time of your stop.
There are other reasons to explain a high BAC reading, and other ways to challenge a breathalyzer that was improperly given or given without you being informed of your rights.
8. I’ve heard that breathalyzer machines are bogus and not reliable. Is there any way to challenge their reliability?
It’s true. Breathalyzer machines are, pardon my words, crap. The problem is that North Carolina is one of the few states that prohibits defense attorneys from challenging the scientific reliability of breathalyzer machines. Until the state’s Supreme Court changes its mind, there’s little chance that any court will accept a scientific challenge to the machine.
On a positive note, many courts around the country are beginning to realize just who faulty and unreliable these breathalyzer machines. The bad news is that change will probably be slow in coming to North Carolina, and too late to help in your case.
9. I was charged with additional crimes at the time of my arrest? How will these affect my DWI case?
I’ve had clients who have been arrested on a DWI, and have been found in possession of marijuana. And other clients who have been charged with traffic violations. And still other clients who have faced charges like “open container” violations.
The good news is that, if you ever decide to plead guilty to the DWI charge, most Wake County District Attorneys will dismiss those other charges as part of the plea deal.
The bad news is that a DWI charge is more serious than a simple drug possession charge, or an “open container” charge. And so while you should be concerned about other criminal charges or infractions, you shouldn’t let those charges cloud your thinking about the DWI.
I always focus on the DWI – assuming there aren’t other very serious crimes charged – with the idea that if we tackle that charge, other charges can be handled at the same time. (If there are more serious charges involved – like felony possession of a drug with intent to sell, gun charges, and so forth – I am ready to handle those as well.)
In short, the DWI charge is the charge that will affect your ability to drive, and will cost you the most in terms of fines and insurance rate increases. If you hire me as your attorney, we’ll focus on that charge, keeping in mind the other charges that also need to be addressed.
10. What are the consequences of a DWI conviction?
If you’ve been charged with Driving While Impaired (N.C.G.S 20-138.1) and you are convicted by a judge or a jury or plead guilty to those charges, you are eligible for one (1) of five (5) levels of punishment.
Level 5 is the most lenient level. If the “mitigating” (positive) factors substantially outweigh the “aggravating” (negative) factors in your case, you will be sentenced to a Level 5 punishment, which involves at least 24 hours of community service (or 24 hours in jail), fines of up to $200, costs, and a one-year suspension of your driver’s license. Jail is very rarely imposed, so don’t worry about serving jail time.
Level 4 will be imposed if the “mitigating” (positive) factors balance out the “aggravating” (negative) factors in your case. You will be sentenced to at least 48 hours of community service (or jail time) to be completed within 60 days of conviction, a fine of up to $500, costs, and suspension of your license for a year. Again, jail time is rarely imposed.
Level 3 will be imposed if the “aggravating” (negative) factors substantially outweigh the “mitigating” (positive) factors in your case. You will be eligible for 72 hours of community service (or jail time) to be completed within 90 days of conviction, a fine of up to $1,000, and suspension of your license for a year. Again, jail time is rarely imposed.
Level 2 will be imposed if there is one grossly aggravating factor in your case. In this case, you will serve at least 7 days of jail time, and as much as 12 months. These are fairly severe cases. In addition, fines of up to $2,000 will be imposed, in addition to costs.
Level 1 will be imposed if there are two or more grossly aggravating factors in your case. In this case, you will serve at least 30 days in jail, and possibly up to 24 months, in addition to up to $4,000 in fines, plus costs. With the possible exception of Misdemeanor Sexual Battery, this is the most severe misdemeanor on the books in North Carolina.
11. What are aggravating and mitigating factors?
Think of mitigating factors as little “gold stars” and aggravating factors as little “sad faces.” You want to have more “gold stars” than “sad faces” if you are ever convicted or plead guilty to a DWI. That’s because the judge will sentence you according to one of the five (5) levels described above. Being a “Level 5? DWI defendant is much better than being a “Level 3? DWI defendant.
Aggravating factors include: 1) gross impairment (0.16 or more), 2) especially reckless or dangerous driving, 3) negligent driving leading to a reportable accident, 4) two or more prior convictions for 3-point driving offenses within the preceding 5 years before the offense, 5) conviction of a prior DWI more than 7 years before the instant offense, 6) conviction of speeding to elude apprehension, 7) conviction of speeding at least 30 miles over the legal limit, 8) passing a stopped school bus, or 9) any other factor that aggravates the seriousness of the offense.
Mitigating factors include: 1) slight impairment (0.09 or less), 2) safe and lawful driving at the time of the offense, 3) statutory safe driving record (no driving offenses for which at least 4 points are assigned within 5 years of date of offense), 4) impairment by lawfully prescribed drugs within prescribed dosage, 5) voluntary submission to DWI-alcohol assessment and participation in recommended treatment, or 6) any other factor that mitigates the seriousness of the offense (including, for some judges, “polite and cooperative”).
As you can see, getting an “assessment” and completing treatment prior to your appearance in court is a “mitigating factor” that can help offset any aggravating factors you may have in your case.
12. What are grossly aggravating factors?
These are more serious factors that can put you in Level 1 or Level 2 DWI sentencing grids. If a “grossly aggravating” factor is found by the judge, the judge will not weigh “mitigating” or “aggravating” factors. Instead, he will go straight to Leve 1 or Level 2.
If you think a grossly aggravating factor is present in your case, you absolutely should talk to an attorney. If nothing else is available, the DWI lawyer may be able to negotiate with a District Attorney to a plea arrangement that does not include a Level 1 or Level 2 conviction. That may be in your best interests given the severity of a Level 1 or Level 2 DWI conviction.
Grossly aggravating factors include: 1) a prior DWI conviction within the preceding 7 years, 2) DWLR under NCGS §§ 20—27 and the revocation was for an impaired driving offense, 3) serious injury to another caused by the Defendant’s impaired driving, 4) and having a child under 16 years of age in the vehicle at the time of the offense.
13. What if I’m convicted of a DWI? Will I be prevented from driving for an entire year?
The answer is it depends. In many cases, you will be eligible for “limited driving privileges,” which is a determination made by the judge usually at the time of sentencing. The judge will usually permit you to have “limited driving privileges” in order to get from work or home, usually between the hours of 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
If you need those hours extended, you can provide a letter from an employer or from your school if you’re a student, that explains to the judge your need to drive later in the evening or earlier in the morning. In some cases, people convicted of DWIs maybe given 24-hour a day “limited driving privileges.”
14. How will a DWI conviction affect my insurance rates?
This is a question that only your insurance company can answer. A DWI conviction generally means 8 points on your insurance record. If you have a concern, you can talk to your insurance company about hypotheticals. But don’t admit anything to an insurance agent.
15. What is the process in the court system?
Generally, all misdemeanors – a standard DWI is a misdemeanor – start in District Court. There are no juries in District Court. Only judges. In addition, there is no “record” or stenographer in District Court.
If you are found not-guilty by a District Court judge, then your case is over. You’re done. You don’t have to pay any court costs or fines, no jail sentence, no community service. You can thank your attorney, and pay the final installment of his fees, if necessary!
If you are found guilty by a District Court judge, which is common in District Court trials, you have two options. You can accept the verdict, pay your fines, do your community service, and pay your costs.
Or you can appeal to Superior Court. Every defendant who is convicted in District Court has an automatic right of appeal to Superior Court.
In Superior Court you have the right to a jury trial. Defendants do much better in front of juries. That’s because juries are made up of people like you. People who may have had a drink or two before driving. People who understand and are ready to forgive mistakes. And people who are more likely to be persuaded by a defense attorney’s arguments than a judge who has “heard it all before.”
Acquittal rates – not-guilty rates – are higher in Superior Court. Only you can decide – with the advice of your attorney – whether to appeal a case to Superior Court.
Dwi: Challenging the Breath Test With Source Codes
In the Kingdom of Nod, a villager’s fate hangs in the balance as wise men huddle around the oracle. The oracle will decide his fate. The penalties exacted may be severe: freedom or servitude; the forfeiture of his worldly possessions; the payment of punitive tariffs; or a prohibition against travel. But the Oracle is all seeing and all knowing, able neatly discern guilt or innocence from only a puff of the villager’s breath. Its’ extraordinary powers belie its unremarkable visage. Dark, square and mysterious, its inner workings were unknown to all except the wizard that presented it to the Kingdom. Wizard Seeim Eye promised that the oracle used powerful magic unrivaled in all of the world. It was, based on those pronouncements, that the King decreed the oracle faultless and its pronunciations absolute.
Given a cue, the villager puffs upon the oracle. Lights dance across its façade and its magic is clear to see. Within moments, its mysterious evaluation has concluded and its decision presented on a scroll to the wise men at its periphery. “Guilty.” No further questions need be asked as the villager is escorted from the room to await his sentencing.
The legal system in the Kingdom of Nod sounds pretty frightful, doesn’t it? While it may seem like a fanciful story, the paragraph above describes precisely how our own legal system works in it treatment of DWI/DUI cases. The cases often hinge on our own modern day “oracle”, the Intoxilyzer 5000. The Intoxilyzer 5000 is manufactured by its own wizard, a company called CMI, Inc. Its makers promise that the machine is, in fact, accurate. It is based on that assessment that States enacted legislation or had defining case law determine that the results of the intoxilyzer 5000 must be presumed accurate. This essentially shifts the burden of proof in a DWI/DUI case from the state to the driver to prove that the Intoxilyzer 5000 is in error. It is for that reason that many states having ongoing DWI/DUI litigation related to the source code of the Intoxilyzer 5000.
Before the source code, can be discussed, a brief and simplistic explanation of our “oracle” – the Intoxilyzer 5000 – is necessary. The Intoxilyzer 5000 is a machine with a complex set of functions. It is a computerized system that has a tube attached on one end for receiving breath samples, and a printer attached to the other end to record results. A driver breathes into the tube, the sample swirls around inside a chamber in the box, and the printer then displays the test results. Presumably what occurs is that the machine accepts a sample of air from a user and chambers that air. It then beams infrared light through the holding chambers where sensors on the other side of the chamber determine how much absorption of certain waves of infrared light has occurred. Based on that data, an analysis is made to determine the amount of alcohol contained in the sample to absorb that amount of light. Further mathematical calculations are done to determine the amount of alcohol in the underlying tissues in the lungs with respect to the determination of the amount of alcohol in the alveolar air.
The “source code”, a computer program, is a coded set of instructions that control every mechanical functionof the intoxilyzer 5000. That is true whether it is an instruction to turn the machine on, make the fan operate, or to make analytical analysis such as the rate at which alcohol absorbs infrared light and the mathematical formula comparing alcohol content in alveolar (“deep lung”) air to the blood alcohol content in the tissues below. As a result, in order to understand the inner workings of the Intoxilyzer 5000, it is necessary to have a copy of the source code and to have it independently tested for accuracy.
As a direct result, in many states, Minnesota included, defense attorneys have filed Motions seeking to compel disclosure of the source code for the Intoxilyzer 5000. The state does not have access to the source code and, when it is requested from the manufacturer, CMI, they are told it is a trade secret and that it will not be provided. In other words, nobody actually knows what goes on inside this machine except those who have viewed (or written) the source code. Yet, under law, everyone in the legal system must assume that the result is accurate and, to a great degree, indisputable. In other words, the response by CMI is the equivalent of saying – “trust us, it works.” Unfortunately, when “trust” results in the guilt or innocence of citizens, it is not so easily given.
That is particularly true when every computer owner knows, machines are subject to failures. The failure could be because of an incorrect code, a corrupted code or even subject to human error or human mischief. In short, machines are not perfect and the humans that program them are not perfect. What is particularly vexing is that the Intoxilyzer 5000 uses a microchip that is likely much less sophisticated than the one being used by your home computer. The testing process for a breath sample by the Intoxilyzer is run by a Z80 Microprocessor that utilizes an EPROM for program memory and handles all operator commands and interface devices. Simply put, this is not cutting edge technology. The Z90 microprocessor predates the original IMB PC. In fact, it was used back in the day for the Atari video game Pong. Your remember “Pong,” a game with all the complexity of two paddles and an electronic ball to bounce between the two.
The argument that a driver must have access to the source code in order to effectively challenge the results of a breath test appear to be gaining steam. In Minnesota, the state itself has sued that manufacturer of the Intoxilyzer 5000, CMI, Inc., arguing that based on its contract with CMI the state is the actual owner of the source code copyright. In suing CMI, the state of Minnesota avers that it owns the intangible copyright to this source code and demands, inter alia, specific performance of its contract and its right to possess (and copy) a tangible version of the intangible, intellectual property that the state contracted and paid for.The issue regarding the disclosure of the Source code as part of a DWI/DUI case in Minnesota is proceeding to the Supreme Court and will be heard later this year in 2008. Ultimately, the result may provided those accused of DWI offenses in that state with some ammunition to challenge the results of the modern day “oracle” – the intoxilyzer 5000. Until the matter is decided, Motions seeking to compel disclosure of the source code or suppress the breath test result, remain an important and viable part of the DWI defense arsenal.
About the Author
Maury D. Beaulier is a recognized leader in DWI and criminal defense and divorce in Minnesota and Wisconsin. He can be reached at his website located at http://www.dwicounsel.com or by calling 612.240.8005.
how long will a dwi stay on record for cdl where employers can find out about it ?
its been 13 years ago but the company im trying to get on with says it has to be 20 years old just wondering if they can really find out if i were to say i never had one i checked my driving record and its not on my record no more just wondering if there was another way for them to find out?
Most companies require a dui to be at least 5 yrs old but i’ve seen some that require 7 yrs old. U can order a free copy of your dac report to check it yourself. see link below.
The importance of retaining good Orange County DWI lawyers if arrested for driving under the influence is often overlooked and for no serious reasons. The magnitude of having good Orange County DWI lawyers on your side equals that of having the best doctor trying to save your life.
Employment is an area that will be affected. If you have a DUI-related felony offense on your record, you will have to disclose that when asked on an employment application or during a job interview. This is not only embarrassing, but it can be a major roadblock to getting a job, especially those jobs requiring either transportation or delivery.
A DUI-related conviction on your record can also affect your life when it comes to family so make sure you have Orange County DWI lawyers undertake the task of defending you in court.
You want very good Orange County DWI lawyers representing you no matter what DUI-related charge you are facing for the obvious fact that you could either actually be innocent of the DUI charges, or even if you were in-fact guilty, good Orange County DWI lawyers could have the DUI charges against you dismissed by finding flaws in police procedure and handling of the evidence, or also by finding contamination in the blood or breath tests taken. There are many factors that can affect the results of a blood or breath test and good Orange County DWI lawyers on your side will give you your best chance at showing reasonable doubt. A good DUI lawyer will also be aware of the many potential defenses, strategies and tactics that can be used in court. Remember, you must be found guilty of the DUI-related offense beyond a reasonable doubt to actually be convicted.
I was pulled over a couple weeks ago at a dui checkpoint in Orange County and took the blood test and got the results that were .08 BAC. I am not proud of this, and am willing to pay the consequences for my actions. I am wondering what that is going to entail. Here is the thing with my case. I am moving to New York on August 1st. My job is transferring me to our firm out in the city and its already all in the pipeline. My court date is august 10th, so I think I am just going to move my start date back because I don’t know if I can go to court earlier. I called a lawyer’s office and they charge 4000 to fight the case, so I think I am just going to go in there alone. I need info on probation, costs, classes, etc. Especially in regards to how that works since I’m moving (I currently live in Cali). Thanks so much in advance for any advice. I really appreciate. Please don’t preach to me, I already feel bad.
It don’t cost a dime to call the prosecutor and tell them you are moving and just want to get this behind you and see what they offer you for a deal…. For a first offense, you are looking at a hefty, few hundred dollar or more fine, a license suspension and probation. You will probably have to under go court alcohol treatment, as well. Unless you think your not guilty and want to fight it, you do not need pay a lawyer that kind of money to make a few phone calls.
Its going to cost you thousands in future insurance costs and license reinstatement fees, too.
Call the prosecutor, see what they are offering. Believe me, they are swamped with cases and would love to have you off their docket.
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I need the opinion of a criminal defense attorney?
I was charged with DUI with serious bodily injury. My passenger was injured. He is going to be alright, thank god. I have no record, just a couple speeding tickets. I have an attorney, but I am looking for other opinions on the best way to fight this or possibly get me a better outcome. I live in Florida. Thanks for the input!
I guess I need to specify that I need “answers” not opinions. Is there a yahoo opinions site?
Your best bet is going to be calling around to different Florida DUI lawyers. Opinions from other states will not help you because laws are state specific. If you were in Pennsylvania, your lawyer might try negotiating away the serious bodily injury part if the victim is ok with that. That might work in Florida, then again it might not. The law is jurisdiction specific and something you can do in Pennsylvania might not work in Florida.
Another part of the problem is that DUI law is a VERY sensitive area that governments have been working very hard to punish very severely. And each state has a different level of severity. So to figure out what you can or can’t do, you need the answer/opinion of someone from your jurisdiction. But, here’s what I would do in your shoes:
1.) Do a search of news articles for Florida DUI cases.
2.) Find attorneys who have done well in those cases and contact them
3.) Do a search for Florida DUI attorneys and contact different attorneys to see what their approaches are. Check throughout the state, but give more weight to the attorneys who practice close to where you were charged.
Tuesday I have a DUI and some other charges. What could be looking for?
I have a DUI, Minor in Possession, paraphernalia, and possession of the controlled substance. He had a marijuana pipe, but not loaded bags. Any idea what I'm seeing and where do I start?
Regardless of the sanctions who may be looking for, you should seek jail time for his irresponsibility and criminal behavior! Maybe you need to examine your life and determine what needs alcohol and marijuana.