It is easy to have a few too many drinks when you are out with friends, but in the State of Florida, if you get behind the wheel of a car and drive while you are intoxicated, the results can be disastrous. A single, momentary lapse in judgment can have negative and long-lasting effects on your personal freedom, your professional life, and your finances. In addition, DUI convictions carry serious consequences, including:
- DUI Diversion Program (“Back on Track” Program)
- Mandatory Adjudication
- Loss of your driver’s license
- Jail or prison time
- Community Service
- Vehicle Ignition interlock device
- Victim Impact Panel
- DUI School
- And more
ADMINISTRATIVE HEARING REGARDING THE LOSS OF YOUR LICENSE
The days following a DUI arrest are extremely important. Anyone who is arrested for DUI is issued a 10 day permit; within those 10 days you must petition the Department of Motor Vehicles for an Administrative Hearing to contest your license suspension. Unfortunately, without an experienced Miami DUI attorney on your side, you could miss these critical deadlines and be forced to forfeit your license.
FLORIDA DUI CHARGES AND ARRESTS
Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol in Miami and throughout the State of Florida may result in an arrest or charge of DUI. In Florida, DUI involves:
- Driving or being in actual or physical control of a vehicle while a person’s normal faculties are impaired, by either alcohol, chemical or controlled substances.
- A blood alcohol level (BAL) of .08 or more grams of alcohol per 100 millimeters of blood
- A breath alcohol level (BAL) of .08 or more grams of alcohol per 210 liters of breath
MIAMI FIELD SOBRIETY TEST (OR ROADSIDE TEST) AND BREATH TEST (“INTOXILZYER”)
In Florida, the police use Field Sobriety Tests and Intoxilyzer results to determine whether a person is driving under the influence. Unfortunately, the Field Sobriety Tests are not always accurate, because the results can be influenced by other non-alcohol related factors such as nervousness, weather conditions, lighting conditions, uneven roadways, flashing police lights, etc. If you are pulled over by the police for suspicion of DUI in Florida, you are not required by law to submit to Field Sobriety testing; however, because of Florida’s “implied consent laws” you automatically consent to taking a Florida breath test whenever you operate a motor vehicle on Florida’s roadways. If you refuse to take the Florida breath test, your license can be suspended and your refusal may be used against you in court. It is advisable to consult a skilled Miami DUI lawyer for legal advice as soon as possible, if you have failed or refused to take these tests.
As a Miami criminal defense attorney, Chad Piotrowski aggressively protects the legal rights and freedom of his clients using proven and creative criminal defense strategies. He is highly skilled in handling all aspects of the legal process and has the necessary trial experience to fight effectively for his clients.
FACTORS THAT AFFECT MIAMI,FLORIDA DUI CONVICTIONS
Many factors influence the penalties for a DUI conviction in Florida such as:
- Prior DUI convictions
- Blood/Breath Alcohol Level (BAL)
- Property damage caused by person driving under the influence
- Personal injuries or death caused to someone else by person driving under the influence
- The presence of a minor in the vehicle
- And more
A MIAMI FLORIDA DUI DEFENSE ATTORNEY ON YOUR SIDE
If you have been charged with DUI in Miami or anywhere in the State of Florida, you may be wondering if you need a lawyer to help you fight these charges. If so, how to choose a reputable DUI defense lawyer who will fight for your rights—and your future? If you are convicted of DUI, your entire future may be at stake. As such, you need a Miami DUI defense attorney who will protect and defend you during this difficult time. Chad Piotrowski is a qualified Miami DUI defense attorney who provides legal representation for individuals charged with DUI in Miami-Dade County, Palm Beach County, Broward County, and all over the State of Florida. Call the Law Offices of Chad Piotrowski today to arrange a free confidential review of your Florida DUI case.
[There] aren’t that many people left in this world that give you[their] word and keep it. Chad genuinely cares about the problem at hand. Whether minute or something very serious you can sit back and relax, knowing you have the best representation available. I would recommend Chad to my family and friends.
(Jan 15, 2013) I had the distinct pleasure of working closely with Chad when we were both supervising attorneys within the Domestic Violence Unit at the State Attorney’s Office here in Miami-Dade County. We successfully tried numerous jury trials together, and I always look forward to the opportunity of working with him again on any matter. Chad is a phenomenal attorney whose training, experience, intelligence and trial skills are only matched by his commitment to excellence. He is very trustworthy, hard working, and always uses his experience to get positive results for his clients without fail. As such, Chad’s stellar reputation amongst the legal community is very well deserved.
– Robin Pimentel (Worked together on matter)
I have known Chad as both a dedicated prosecutor as well as an aggressive criminal defense lawyer who regularly achieves well beyond his clients’ expectations.
– Thomas Mote (Fellow lawyer in community)
(Feb 7, 2013) Mr. Piotrowski is a highly skilled lawyer. He has an outstanding reputation with the judges. I endorse this lawyer!
– Frank Gaviria (Fellow lawyer in community)
(Jan 8, 2018) When i first contacted through email i was suprised and impressed that he was willing to call me to discuss the case at 10pm. He was honest and real reasonable priced and didnt use agressive sales and fear tactics like other lawyers use. He treated me fairly and not like a criminal. Was falsely arrested by miami dade narc cops for preworkout supplement that they claimed was opoids and 100% cbd hemp oil that they claimed is thc oil. Chad was agressive and moved quickly got this case dismised at the araignment for a reasonable price.
– Doug (Case dismissed at araignment)
(Oct 26, 2017) I called Chad on a weekend for a free consult, he was at the park with his family, he was hired on the spot as we spoke. We researched him online extensively, read reviews etc. During the months of anxiety, Chad would call/text to explain anything or address concerns and try to calm my nerves. He doesn’t act/talk strict & binding. He’s very hands-on, experienced, knows his work, 110% trustworthy, very out-going, straight-forward tells you as it is, crack jokes, and actually keeps in communication, which is very important, because being informed helps you to understand everything as you go along. So, here you have a lawyer who is not only good at law but is a people’s person, not like some unpleasant, overpriced ones out there. We recommend Chad to ANYONE. If you’re in doubt or worried about something, trust HIM! He was also very affordable and had a very convenient payment plan. CASE DISMISSED.
(Jan 8, 2017) Chad is an excellent attorney. As a working parent I was not able to be at court to support my daughter while going through criminal charges. Chad was there every single time supporting my daughter by keeping her informed, by contacting her previous attorneys from out of State to reduce her case from criminal to civil. There are no words I can ever express to convey my gratitude.
Thank you Chad
(Jan 6, 2016) I had three trumped up felony charges over something that should have been a police warning at most and the prosecution really, really wanted to pin on me.
Chad went above and beyond both in how he treated me and how he handled the case. My life isn’t ruined right now because of him. He got everything DISMISSED while every other attorney i spoke to were happy to take whatever offer they were given, still leaving me with a ruined record.
Chad, thank you, hiring you was the best decision I’ve ever made.
(Dec 4, 2013) Chad was fantastic. I had a felony case, and as my first offense, I was scared and confused on the entire process. I am glad I choose Chad to represent me, after speaking with so many lawyers. He was honest and detailed from the beginning. He got my case dismissed.
If you need a lawyer in Miami I suggest you go with Chad Piotrowski. He was very adamant about beating my case. He put in maximum effort into my case. He mad me feel comfortable and confident the entire way throughout my case. In the end he fought to get me the very possible outcome. I would definitely retain his services again and recommend him to friends and family. Thank you Chad.
– Julian Sanchez
Mr. Piotrowski is very professional. Mr. Piotrowski represented my nephew and we couldn’t ask for a better attorney. There was never a call not answered, emails and text messages were always answered.
I would refer anyone to mr. Piotrowski I would trust him with anyone in my family. If you need an attorney I guarantee Mr. Piotrowski is the one!!!
Thank you again!!
– Salazar & Moreno Family
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