Driving Under the Influence / Driving While Intoxicated (DUI/DWI)
Are you being charged, in Palm Beach County, Florida with Driving Under the Influence (DUI)? Need a drunk driving defense attorney in West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Jupiter, Palm Beach Gardens or Boynton Beach? We are Driving Under the Influence (DUI) defense attorneys located in West Palm Beach. When you are arrested for Driving Under the Influence (DUI), it is important to hire a Criminal lawyer that understands and practices in the area of DUI defense law. Don’t hire a lawyer that dabbles in criminal defense; hire a criminal defense attorney that has extensive experience in defending Driving Under the Influence (DUI) charges. Your Boca Raton DUI lawyer needs to have knowledge and experience in DUI but also needs to know the prosecutors, judges and court staff. Knowing the players comes from years of being inside the courtroom. Finding the best criminal defense attorney in Palm Beach County, for your case, is difficult. You need to review their educational background, experience in criminal cases, their reputation in the community, and their ability to communicate with you, the client. The quality of the criminal defense attorney you hire to defend your Driving Under the Influence (DUI) case is extremely important. We ask that you consider our South Florida Criminal Defense Attorneys. DUI Attorney Roger P. Foley is a member of the National College of DUI Defense.
Our Palm Beach Gardens, Royal Palm Beach, and Boca Raton DUI defense lawyers are available now to defend your case. We have defended individuals charged with DUI in Lake Worth, Riviera Beach, North Palm Beach, Wellington and Juno Beach.
Chapter 316 of the Florida Statutes addresses driving under the influence and related crimes. In the State of Florida, it is a criminal offense to drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol, also known as driving while intoxicated. In general, a person can be charged with driving under the influence if his or her blood alcohol level is a .08 or higher (.02 if he or she is under the age of 18) or if his or her “normal faculties” are impaired.What are “Normal Faculties?”
“Normal Faculties” are typically described as the ability to walk, talk, see, hear, drive, and any other function performed as a normal daily task.How will the police decide if my normal faculties are impaired?
If you have been pulled over for suspicion of driving under the influence, or if you have been pulled over for a traffic violation or any other reason and the police officer suspects you may also be under the influence of drugs or alcohol, the officer will ask you to step out of your vehicle to perform field sobriety exercises (aka FSEs) in an attempt to determine if you are in fact under the influence.
Field sobriety exercises include: Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus (HGN), where the officer will look at your eyes to determine if they exhibit involuntary eye movement, such as shakes or jerks, called nystagmus; Walk and Turn, where the officer asks you to walk a certain number of steps heel-to-toe and then turn around and walk back; One Leg Stand, where the officer asks you to stand on one leg and count to 30 without hopping or falling; and Rhomberg Alphabet, where the officer asks you to say the alphabet without singing it.
Field sobriety exercises, also called roadside sobriety tasks, are part of the DUI investigation process of law enforcement officers. You do not have to submit to any of these “tests” under law. Field sobriety exercises are very subjective and can be interpreted differently depending on the individual police officer. Additionally, there are other elements aside from intoxication that could cause you to “fail” any of the tests such as physical injuries or illnesses, or elemental issues including the lighting in the area, the surface of the road, and even the weather.What happens if I am arrested for DUI?
The DUI process can be extremely confusing, especially if you have no prior experience in this area. A West Palm Beach DUI Lawyer from The Law Offices of Roger P. Foley can review your case and the charges involved in order to aggressively pursue options that could help eliminate them altogether or mitigate the situation. You do not have to simply "accept" the punishment, which could include jail or prison time and a driver’s license suspension, among other penalties. Call us today to speak with one of our DUI lawyers serving Boca Raton to learn more about your legal options.