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How A Key West DUI Can Cost You Much More Than You Think

Just when you think you are finally done with quite possibly the most emotional and expensive legal dealing of your life, your DUI continues costing you money. How so? Because not only does a Key West DUI conviction come with major immediate fines and penalties but there are secondary penalties that many individuals don’t realize they will be paying for years to come.

Here’s a look at how a Key West DUI conviction can cost you more than you think:

  • Car Insurance: If you have ever had any type of accident or other ding on your driving record, then you already know that your car insurance company will raise your premiums for just about any reason. When it comes to a DUI, the raise is substantial and some insurance companies will drop you all together. These premiums will be high for years to come, even if you have an otherwise clean driving record and you have completed the terms of your punishment.
  • Job Prospects: Have you ever been convicted of a DUI? is a question prospective employers can and do ask about and this is something you will now need to answer for in the affirmative. The same holds true for professional licenses.
  • Alternative Transportation: Think about how much you rely on your car and your ability to drive on a daily basis? From professional to personal – your car is your life. So, now imagine how you will get to where you need and want to be when you drivers’ license is suspended or limited. Paying for alternative transportation (friends, Uber, public transportation) can really add up!

Dealing with a DUI is an expensive ordeal. If you or a loved one has recently been charged with a DUI in Key West, get in touch with local attorney Alan Fowler immediately to begin working on your defense. Working with Alan may help reduce or eliminate the impact these charges have on your life and help you avoid all the additional expenses that go with a DUI conviction! Your first consultation is always on the house so call Alan at 305.912.2516 today!

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Key West DUI – Fighting the Breathalyzer Test

When you investigated under suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol in Key West, there are a variety of tests that the police officer will administer to confirm his or her suspicions. One such test is a breath test, which is designed to measure whether your Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) is over the legal limit of .08 (or .02 if you are under the age of 21). There are ways to call into question the results of this important piece of evidence. If you or a loved one has recently failed a Key West Breathalyzer test and been charged with a DUI, give attorney Alan Fowler a call immediately to discuss your case. You have options available to you!

Many of my clients are surprised to find out that, even when they fail any or all of the DUI tests (field sobriety, Breathalyzer, and chemical), there are still defenses that can be asserted to reduce or completely eliminate the charges against them. While the police and prosecution in your case may make you feel like this is a losing battle, they have a high burden of proof to establish that your normal faculties were impaired due to drugs or alcohol. Before they do, there are a lot of defenses available to defeat their evidence, including the results of a breath test, commonly called a Breathalyzer. When it comes to fighting the results of a breathalyzer test, there are strategies to challenge the admissibility of the test results, including:

• Was the Breathalyzer properly calibrated and tested pursuant to Florida regulations?
• Was the officer who administered the test certified as a Breath Test Operator?
• Were you given proper instructions performing the test?
• Did the officer properly observe you for at least 20 minutes prior to administering the tests?
• Were the other issues at play that could have interfered with proper results?

If there was an issue with any of the items above, the results from your breath test may be excluded from the case evidence. Without this very important piece of evidence, the prosecution in your case will have a more difficult time proving their case.

Attorney Alan Fowler knows all the defenses when it comes to a Key West DUI and Florida breathalyzer tests and will fight to limit the impact these charges have on your life. Just because you are charged with a DUI does not mean that you will be convicted of it! Time is of the essence when it comes to these serious charges, so pick up the phone today and give Alan a call at 305.912.2516!

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How Florida Field Sobriety Tests Are Flawed

When you get charged with a Key West DUI, it may seem like the system is rigged against you. And in some ways it is. This feeling is especially true when it comes to Field Sobriety Exercises. Performed in a very intimidating environment on the side of an often busy road, there are a lot of flaws when it comes to a Field Sobriety Exercises.

There’s good news! All the issues that come with failed Field Sobriety Exercises can ultimately become part of your larger defense strategy. That’s right—the flaws can work in your favor. Here’s what I mean:

  • The roadside environment: Is it really fair to administer concentration and balance test on the shoulder of a busy road? Not in my book!
  • The officer: Ultimately, whether you pass or fail a field sobriety test depends on what the officer finds to be passing or failing. If the officer pulled you over on suspicion of drunk driving, then chances are the officer already has already determined that you will fail.
  • Your body: There are a lot of reasons that have nothing to do with drinking that may explain why your eyes are red or you cannot balance on one leg or walk in a straight line. You may never be able to do those things! While the police officer on the scene may have little, if any, interest in hearing about your issues, I will make sure they are heard when it comes to your day in court!

Key West Field Sobriety Exercises have a lot of issues, and I am here to point all of them out as part of your defense. I have years of experience helping individuals deal with DUI charges, and I will work hard to fight these serious charges and limit the impact they have on your life.

Just because you failed a field sobriety test does not mean that you will be convicted—give me Alan Fowler a call today to discuss your case further. Your first consultation is always on the house: 305.912.2516

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What Do I Need To Know About Leaving The Scene of an Accident?

I get it—the aftermath of a car accident can be a very crazy time and the intense rush of adrenaline that you experience only serves to heighten your emotions and reactions. Wanting to leave the scene of an accident for one reason or another is a normal reaction. Unfortunately, it is also an illegal reaction. If you have recently been charged with leaving the scene of an accident, you will want to get in touch with attorney Alan Fowler immediate to discuss the situation further.

So what exactly happens when you leave the scene of an accident? Here’s a look at some potential charges:

  • Arrest Warrant. If you left the scene of an accident and your vehicle, it will be pretty easy for the police to identify you based on your registration. If you left with your car, then the police will conduct an in-depth investigation to try to find you and more details about the accident. Either way, a warrant for your arrest will likely be issued and acted on.
  • Misdemeanor or Felony Charges. Hit-and-Run charges are taken very seriously, and whether you are charged with a misdemeanor or a felony depends on the specifics of your accident and the nature of the injuries or damage. Even a misdemeanor conviction that caused minor damage to property and no injuries to other parties can carry heavy fines and potential jail time. As logic would have it, a felony Hit-and-Run conviction (for example, a Hit-and-Run when major injuries or a death was involved) will carry much steeper penalties.

The best advice when it comes to leaving the scene of an accident is not to do it. But if it is too late now, be sure to give Key West attorney Alan Fowler a call today. There are viable defenses to these serious charges and working with Alan can help reduce or eliminate them all together. As with any criminal issue, time is of the essence so be sure to call Alan to set up your free consultation today. I look forward to working with you! 305.912.2516