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The Consequences of Pleading Guilty of a DUI

The Consequences of Pleading Guilty of a DUI

If you’ve been charged with a DUI in Fort Lauderdale, you will likely face serious consequences including jail time, license suspension, and extensive fines. You will likely be facing charges if you had a blood alcohol content (BAC) of over .08% If your BAC was closer to .11%, your chance of conviction is almost certain. If you’re fairly sure that you’ll be convicted, you may consider pleading guilty to save the hassle and expenses of fighting the charge. However, there are important things you should consider before you plead guilty for a DUI.

What Happens When You Plead Guilty

You will probably receive a court appearance date for your arraignment, where you decide whether you plan to plead guilty or go to trial. You can plead guilty any time during the trial. If you decide to plead guilty, you will likely be handed over a form by the bailiff in which you state that you waive all of your constitutional rights in this case, including the right to a jury trial. Once you plead guilty, you will be convicted of the offense. A guilty plea equals conviction and is the same as if the jury found you guilty.

Pleading guilty will result in serious consequences, including jail time and fines. Having an attorney on your side will increase the chances of having your charges reduced and even dismissed. A knowledgeable and skilled attorney will be able to fight for your rights, regardless of how complex your case may be.

Experienced Fort Lauderdale DUI Defense Lawyers!

If you’ve been charged with a DUI in Fort Lauderdale, it is vital for you to retain the help of a Fort Lauderdale DUI defense lawyer. Even if the prosecutor offers a plea deal, speak with an experienced and knowledgeable defense attorney before you make a decision. The attorneys at Rudenberg & Glasser have helped thousands of people fight their charges and win. We challenge the state's allegations and vigorously protect our clients' rights. We will help you obtain the best possible results for your case.

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Our Victories

  • Not Guilty, Acquitted at Trial Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon

    Outcome: Client was alleged to have used his vehicle to strike victim, and there was video of the incident which could have been interpreted to actually show the crime. The state was offering significant prison time before trial. By meticulous planning and strategic cross-examination to expose the motives and fabrications by the alleged victim, and an eyewitness in support of the alleged victim, Rudenberg & Glasser convinced a jury to acquit the client and avoid a mandatory long prison sentence.

  • Domestic Violence
    Outcome: Rudenberg & Glasser went to trial and were able to show during cross-examination that the alleged victim was the aggressor and that the client acted in self-defense. The jury returned a not guilty verdict almost immediately following trial.
  • Domestic Violence With 911 Call and Pictures
    Outcome: Rudenberg & Glasser took the case to trial after fleshing out inconsistencies in the alleged victim's account. The jury returned a verdict of not guilty and the client's unblemished record was preserved.
  • False Arrest

    Outcome: Attorney Glasser was able to show with video footage that his client did not commit the alleged offense and furthermore, the police officer who ordered his arrest was negligent in his investigation and improperly supervised.

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  • Probation Only Federal Conspiracy to Commit Mail & Wire Fraud

    Outcome: Through compelling sentencing memorandum and passionate oral argument, Rudenberg & Glasser were able to convince the federal court judge to sentence their client to treatment for substance abuse, and no incarceration, even though the client had a lengthy criminal history and the Government was seeking prison time.

  • Felony DUI: Client was in an Accident and Left the Scene
    Outcome: Rudenberg & Glasser filed a compelling motion to suppress evidence based on law enforcement's actions during the investigation. Rudenberg & Glasser were able to persuade the prosecutor prior to the motion to suppress hearing that the charge should be broken down from a felony to a misdemeanor and the client was offered probation instead of the previously sought prison sentence.
  • Final Injunction Hearing
    Outcome: Client desperately needed to avoid a final injunction on his record. Rudenberg & Glasser defended him at the hearing and proved that the Petitioner was not in fear for her safety. The judge dismissed the injunction.
  • First-Degree Misdemeanor: Resisting Police Officer Without Violence
    Outcome: Mr. Rudenberg presented evidence that the police officer’s version of events was not credible, and that accusations were made to justify excessive use of force by police officer. Jury returned a verdict of not guilty in less than five minutes.
  • First-Degree Misdemeanors: DUI & Possession of Cannabis
    Outcome: Mr. Rudenberg won a motion arguing the DUI checkpoint was conducted in violation of the Fourth Amendment, and the Judge entered an order suppressing all evidence. Case was dropped by the State, and client avoided a mandatory conviction for DUI, as well as mandatory fines and license suspensions.
  • $250,000 Pre-Trial Personal Injury

    Outcome: Client was injured by a malfunctioning door, requiring stitches and leaving a scar on client's knee. There were limited medical bills and no surgeries, but through extremely challenging and successful negotiations, Rudenberg & Glasser were able to secure a settlement of $250,000.

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