The Phases Of A Central Florida DUI
A Central Florida DUI case has 3 phases. The first is bonding out of jail, the second is the administrative license suspension and hearing, and the third is the criminal case.
A Central Florida DUI case has 3 phases. The first is bonding out of jail, the second is the administrative license suspension and hearing, and the third is the criminal case. When someone is arrested in Florida they can be held up to 8 hours, until their breath alcohol content is below .05% or until their normal faculties are no longer impaired. Once the accused becomes bondable they can either post a cash bond or use a bail bondsman. A cash bond requires the entire premium to be posted and the bond can be applied toward fines, court cost and any clerk’s fees. A bail bondsman can post a surety bond and by law can only charge 10% of the bond or $100 per charge whichever is greater. For more information about the bail bond process in Seminole County go to Sanford Bail Bondsman and in Volusia County go to Daytona Beach bail bondsman.
The administrative case requires action within 10 days of the DUI arrest. As a result of a new law change that became effective on July 1, 2013 the administrative review process can be waived and hard suspension can be avoided if the accused has not been arrested for DUI or a DUI related offense. To get the immediate hardship the accused must waive the formal review, pay $200, enroll in a DUI class and be Florida Real ID Compliant. If the accused has a prior DUI arrest they should contact a DUI attorney to look into challenging the administrative suspension of their driver’s license. If the accused is a commercial driver or pilot they should not waive the formal review on a first time DUI.
The last phase is the criminal case. The criminal case is the slowest to develop. The first time the accused will appear in court after the first appearance is the arraignment. The typical time frame to expect an arraignment is usually around 30 days after the arrest. A normal DUI case will be resolved between 3 months and a year. A DUI attorney should always be retained for the criminal portion of a DUI case. The case law that applies to DUI cases is vast and complex. You do not want to hire an ordinary criminal attorney for your DUI case unless a significant portion of their practice is dedicated to defending those accused of DUI. For more information about an experienced DUI attorney go to Daytona Beach and Seminole County DUI lawyer.
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