DUIs And Traffic Offenses

If you have been arrested for a DUI or a traffic violation in the state of Florida, choosing an attorney who will competently and aggressively represent you is vital to protect your rights. While these charges may be common, and may not seem serious, they are criminal offenses which will be recorded on your criminal record — and this could have serious, long-term consequences.

I am Bradenton criminal defense attorney D. Scott Rieth, and I have more than 20 years of legal experience. As a former Florida state prosecutor, I have a thorough understanding of the region's criminal justice system and its key players. I use this knowledge, and my ability to understand a case from both sides, to defend clients against the consequences of a DUI and other traffic offenses such as reckless driving, hit-and-runs or speeding tickets.

Immediate Intervention With The Prosecution

The prosecution of your case begins on the date of your arrest. By hiring me in the early stages of your case, I can intervene on your behalf by contacting the prosecutor's office to provide information the arresting officer may have either ignored or overlooked. This could mean the difference in whether formal charges are filed in the case.

Negotiating A Plea Bargain In DUI Cases

A DUI charge and conviction carries potential lifetime implications. We may be able to negotiate a reduction in the charges or negotiate an outcome that does not jeopardize your freedom or ability to drive a motor vehicle.

Pleas In Absentia

Some cases can be handled without you ever having to personally appear in court. I will prepare the necessary paperwork, negotiate the particular sentence of the case and appear in court on your behalf.

Avoiding License Suspension When Charged With A DUI

In Florida, your license will be suspended for a minimum of six months or a maximum of a year if you are convicted for a first-offense DUI. For repeat offenses, the suspension is longer. To regain your driving privileges, you may have to install an ignition interlock device at your own expense. All of these inconveniences are in addition to criminal penalties.

This is why it is crucial to have a highly qualified lawyer defend you against drunk driving charges and other moving violations. Using the tactics described above and other effective defense strategies, I can protect your rights, your driving privileges and your criminal record.

Contact D. Scott Rieth

For a free and confidential consultation about your DUI charges, call me at 941-404-4192 or use my online contact form to tell me about your case. Get the defense you need today.