Anatomy of a DUI Case
Miami Dui Defense Attorney
If you've been arrested for
drunk driving in Miami or the surrounding area, a DUI lawyer from Parks & Braxton,
PA can help. At the firm, our lawyer shave more than 48 years of combined
legal experience – let us put it to work for you. After an arrest,
you may feel overwhelmed by the thought of going to court. That's
why our attorneys are dedicated to giving clients the best representation
they can offer and helping them understand the DUI case process. If you're
uncertain about the legal proceedings ahead, here are some things that
you can expect:
After an arrested, you will be taken into custody and booked (processed)
at the police department. Sometimes, suspects are given the opportunity
to "make bail." In other words, you may be able to pay a specific
sum of money in exchange for your release. Generally speaking, you can
post bail after processing, but you will only be released if you promise
to appear for future court dates. For example, you may agree to appear
at your arraignment, preliminary hearing, trial, etc. You do not necessarily
have to post bail immediately after your arrest; the judge may allow your
release at a future court appearance as well.
Arraignment usually occurs a few days after your arrest. Generally speaking,
arraignment occurs when the suspect pleads guilty or the case involves
injury, an extreme blood alcohol concentration (BAC), or other aggravated
circumstances. During arraignment, the judge will read your charges, ask
if you need an attorney, ask if you plead guilty/not guilty, and announce
future court dates. During arraignment, you have the right to hire a legal
representation, called the "right of counsel." Without a lawyer,
you may be appointed a public defender.
Preliminary DUI Hearings
Generally speaking, a preliminary hearing is like a "trial before
the trial." At this time, the judge will decide whether or not the
prosecution has enough evidence to bring a legitimate case against you.
If the judge decides that the prosecution doesn't have enough evidence,
he/she will dismiss your case. Without enough information, a jury couldn't
make an informed decision for the outcome of your case. Generally speaking,
preliminary hearings keep unnecessary cases from going to trail.
What can I expect during the preliminary hearing?
Preliminary hearings are somewhat like trails. During the hearing, the
judge will listen to evidence for and against your case. The prosecutor
(a government lawyer) will display evidence against you, and your DUI
defense lawyer will have the opportunity to argue in your favor. This
might involve witness testimony, cross-examinations and other pieces of
evidence. Your attorney will bring any questionable evidence to the judge's
attention. If the prosecution's case is not based on solid evidence,
the judge may dismiss your case.
DUI Trials in Miami, Florida
Many DUI trials are resolved during the arraignment and preliminary DUI
hearing process. If your case goes to trial, it will involve six distinct
stages: jury selection, opening statements, witness testimony, closing
arguments, jury instruction, and jury discussion/verdict. During the trial,
the prosecution must be able to demonstrate, beyond a reasonable doubt,
that the defendant is guilty. Like the preliminary hearing, the trial
will probably involve witness testimony, cross-examinations and other
forms of evidence. After the defense and prosecution have presented their
cases, a jury will determine whether or not the defendant is guilty or
The Appeals Process
You might assume that DUI cases end when the jury determines the outcome
of your trial. If you are convicted of drunk driving, a Miami DUI attorney
from Parks & Braxton, PA can appeal your case. Simply put, an appeal
is a legal motion that allows you to contest the outcome of your DUI trial.
During an appeal, the defendant (appellant) must demonstrate that a legal
mistake was made during the trial that affected the outcome of the case.
The judge will inspect the records filed by the defense and the prosecution
to determine if a legitimate mistake. If a mistake was made, the judge
will decide whether or not it affected the outcome of the trial. Successful
appeals may result in a sentence reduction or case dismissal.
Do you need a Miami DUI defense attorney?
Facing any criminal conviction is difficult. If you've been arrested
for drunk driving, the Miami DUI lawyers at Parks & Braxton, PA can
help you through the complicated legal proceedings ahead of you. Do you
feel like the evidence is stacked against your favor? You don't have
to face this challenge alone. With a skilled and experienced legal advocate
fighting for your rights, you can have peace of mind that your case is
in good hands. If you were arrested for a crime you know that you didn't
commit, our attorneys can still help.
If convicted, you will face the same penalties as anyone else. Don't
risk your freedom, career and your future; contact a lawyer from Parks
& Braxton, PA today. Our firm has been featured on CNBC, CBS News,
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