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DUI Lawyer in West Palm Beach

Florida has strict laws against driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. That means that even if you’ve been charged with your first DUI, you could spend time in jail, pay a large fine, lose your license, and more. Additionally, you’ll have to deal with the collateral damage of a DUI conviction, such as higher insurance premiums and possibly losing your job if it requires driving.

You might think that a DUI charge means you’re sure to be convicted, but that’s not the case. Ronald S. Chapman, P.A., has over three decades of experience defending clients against DUI charges. Contact our West Palm Beach DUI lawyer today to discuss your options, including strategies to reduce or dismiss the charges.

DUI Defense Strategies

Your West Palm Beach DUI lawyer can use a variety of defense strategies when fighting your charges.  They include:

  • Inaccurate breathalyzer or blood test results
  • The police stopped you illegally
  • The police didn’t tell you that your refusal to do roadside exercises could be used against you in court
  • Involuntary intoxication 

This is far from an all-inclusive list of options. Your attorney needs to look at the facts surrounding your case before determining the right path forward. Get started by contacting our firm for a consultation today. 

Penalties for a First-offense DUI in West Palm Beach

Because first-offense DUIs are generally charged as misdemeanors, you might think that they aren’t serious. However, you face fines between $500-$1,000, you can be sentenced to up to six months in jail if convicted, and up to one year if there was an accident. Additional penalties include community service and probation. Also, your driver’s license will be suspended if you are convicted of DUI.  The penalties are even more harsh if you had a minor in your car or you had a blood alcohol level greater than 0.15 %.

You will face those penalties only if you’re convicted, so contact our West Palm Beach DUI lawyer today to discuss your case. 

Saving your license after a DUI Arrest

When you’re arrested for a DUI in Florida, you’ll forfeit your license and receive a “Notice of Suspension” in its place. This notice allows you to drive for ten more days before your license is suspended.

During the 10-day period, your West Palm Beach DUI lawyer can take steps to help you keep your driving privileges. There are two options for this, starting with requesting an administrative hearing. Once requested, you may be able to get a hardship license that you can use to go to and from work. If you win the hearing, you can get your license reinstated. However, if you lose the hearing, you will not be able to drive at all for 30 to 90 days, depending upon whether you blew into the breath machine.

You can also forgo the DUI administrative hearing and request a hardship license to use for the duration of your suspension. Your West Palm Beach DUI lawyer will discuss your options with you and help you choose the one that’s right for you.  

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WHY CHOOSE RONALD S. CHAPMAN, P.A.?

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Try to get the best possible result for you.
Over Three Decades of Experience – Ronald S. Chapman has represented clients facing state and federal charges since 1990 and has participated in more than 500 jury trials.
Numerous 5-star Reviews – Our West Palm Beach law firm has accumulated 5-star reviews on Google, Yelp, Lawyers.com, Avvo, and other sites.
Sole Practitioner – As a sole practitioner, Ronald S. Chapman works directly with each client he serves instead of handing them off to staff members.
Represents Clients in State and Federal Court – While some West Palm Beach criminal defense lawyers only take on state or federal charges, Ronald S. Chapman represents clients in both. Through the years, he’s handled an assortment of cases, ranging from state-level assault charges to federal-level drug trafficking and white-collar crimes.
Bilingual Legal Services – Ronald S. Chapman provides legal services in English and Spanish, so you won’t have any trouble assisting in your defense when you choose our firm.

REFUSING A BREATHALYZER TEST

While you have the right to refuse a breathalyzer or blood test after a DUI arrest, doing so comes with consequences. Your driver’s license can be suspended for up to 12 months due to your refusal. And if you refuse a breathalyzer a second time, you may lose your license for 18 months. Contact our West Palm Beach DUI lawyer to discuss your situation. Then, you can evaluate possible defense strategies to reduce or eliminate your penalties altogether.

SHOULD YOU ATTEND DUI SCHOOL?

If you are convicted of a DUI in West Palm Beach, the judge can order you to attend a DUI school to learn about the impact of driving under the influence. However, some people choose to take these classes while their cases are still pending. Consult with a West Palm Beach DUI lawyer so that he can help you decide what is best for you to do.

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I came to Ron Chapman with a serious concern that was having a significant impact on my private life and business relations. Mr. Chapman immediately understood the nature of the problem and provided me with excellent guidance from our first phone call onward. He answers every email promptly and returns every phone call expeditiously. My matter was resolved by Mr. Chapman in a matter of days, once I provided him with the materials he needed. His extensive contacts in the Florida justice system gave Mr. Chapman an extra edge that enabled him to navigate tricky legal waters with ease. I would have no hesitation in turning to Mr. Chapman again in the event that I needed excellent legal assistance.
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