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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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