Posted: Thursday, March 12, 2015 on 10:58 AM
Although an attorney recommends not speaking to police at DUI checkpoints, the firm feels this may not be the best policy, as reported by SuskauerLaw.com
West Palm Beach, FL -- (ReleaseWire) -- 03/12/2015 -- A controversial attorney from Boca Raton, Florida recently made news when he held up a flyer at a DUI checkpoint declaring he would not speak or subject to a search and that he wanted an attorney. Many wonder if this is legal and it has yet to be determined if these tactics will be held up in a courtroom. Before one takes this type of action after being pulled over at a DUI checkpoint or on suspicion of drunk driving, he or she needs to speak to a reputable attorney to understand the repercussions of doing so. Many turn to The Suskauer Law Firm (http://www.suskauerlaw.com/dui-offenses-lawyers/) for advice in this area.
"Although police didn't challenge the attorney when he took this step, news reports state they failed to do so as it was obvious he was not impaired. If they believed he was impaired, they would have taken further action. Officers have the right to administer a Field Sobriety Test in the state of Florida, and a nyone with a Florida driver's license must submit to the exam or face the loss of driving privileges for a period of one year," Michelle Suskauer, spokesperson for the law firm, explains.
Individuals pulled for a second time on suspicion of drunk driving or at a DUI checkpoint who refuse this test find they may lose their license for a period of 18 months. In addition, they may be facing a misdemeanor charge. Individuals need to consider the consequences of their actions before doing something of this nature. Penalties do vary based on the number of convictions for DUI, whether the charge resulted from an accident and more.
"Those convicted of DUI face a number of penalties above and beyond the loss of driving privileges. One may be imprisoned, sentenced to do community service, put on probation or be facing costly fines. Some find they must attend DUI school, others have their vehicle impounded and some must have an ignition interlock device installed on their car. Often, the court imposes a number of penalties following a DUI conviction, and individuals need to know what they may be facing if they refuse to submit to field sobriety tests or a search of their car," Suskauer continues.
Everybody makes mistakes in their lifetime, and some of these mistakes can lead to lifelong consequences. When one has a criminal record in Florida, they may find they have difficulty obtaining a job or credit, they cannot obtain a home or apartment, or they may have to undergo a personal background check when others do not. Anyone in this situation may wish to have their criminal records sealed or expunged. This may be possible as long as the crime committed was of the non-violent type and no other crimes have been committed following this arrested.
"Learn more about this process by visiting http://www.suskauerlaw.com/sealing-and-expunging-criminal-records-in-florida/. This typically only occurs automatically for those who were charged with a crime before the age of 24. Adults must request that this be done. The team at The Suskauer Law Firm helps individuals who wish to pursue this action and others who are facing drug or narcotics charges, robbery or theft charges, charges relating to a suspected sexual offense and more. The Suskauer Law Firm never rests when defending a client so call us today," Suskauer states.
About The Suskauer Law Firm, P.A.
Michelle and Scott Suskauer started as public defenders for Palm Beach before moving to criminal defense. Between the two, they bring more than 40 years of combined experience to each case and have participated in thousands of trials, both jury and non-jury. The firm offers a free consultation and case evaluation for clients in need of legal advice.